“Cataclysms on the Columbia, the Great Missoula Floods”
Oregon Encyclopedia History Night
- Edgefield - Power Station Theater |
- Tuesday, November 26, 2013
- 6:30 p.m. |
- Free |
- All ages welcome
About “Cataclysms on the Columbia, the Great Missoula Floods”
A presentation by Dr. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology, Portland State University.
Have you ever wondered how the Columbia River Basin has such a unique, varied and dynamic landscape? From scablands and dry channels in eastern Washington, to dramatic waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, the region is a geologic wonderland. At the next Oregon Encyclopedia History night journey with Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University to the Pacific Northwest's past by learning about the last ice age floods that dramatically carved out and changed the Columbia River Gorge landscape over 10,000 years ago. These dramatic floods caused by the repeated breaking of an ice dam on glacial Lake Missoula in western Montana created the landscapes we know today including the scabland buttes, dry falls and dried river channels.
Scott Burns is a Professor of Geology at Portland State University where he has taught for 22 years. Dr. Burns specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, and Quaternary geology. He has authored over 90 publications and has had over 25 research grants. His first book, Environmental, Groundwater and Engineering Geology: Applications from Oregon, came out in January of 1998. His second book, Cataclysms on the Columbia, the Great Missoula Floods was published in October of 2009.
About Oregon Encyclopedia History Night
The Oregon Encyclopedia hosts a series of History Nights in collaboration with McMenamins pubs. Come join us for an enlightening evening of history, served up with food and a pint or two of good beer, and find out more about the history and culture of our state from OE authors. Bring your encyclopedia-worthy Oregon stories to share with the OE Editors-in-Chief.
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