Cataclysms on the Columbia The Great Missoula Floods Cataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories One follows geological research that challenged the scientific paradigm of the early th century and the other chronicles the result of that research the

  • Title: Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods
  • Author: John Eliot Allen Marjorie Burns Scott Burns
  • ISBN: 9781932010312
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories One follows geological research that challenged the scientific paradigm of the early 20th century, and the other chronicles the result of that research the discovery of powerful prehistoric floods that shaped the Pacific Northwest The cataclysms at the end of the last Ice Age left a scabland of buttes, dry falls, and rocky goCataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories One follows geological research that challenged the scientific paradigm of the early 20th century, and the other chronicles the result of that research the discovery of powerful prehistoric floods that shaped the Pacific Northwest The cataclysms at the end of the last Ice Age left a scabland of buttes, dry falls, and rocky gorges, but it took the detective work of geologist J Harlen Bretz to prove it to the world His lifetime of research and unshakeable belief changed geology forever.

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    1. The Missoula Floods of 12,000 years ago, and how they shaped the landscape of the Pacific Northwest, are truly astounding, fascinating. Read the first half of this book (which calls them the Bretz Floods rather than the Missoula Floods), for a clear, readable explanation of how the floods happened and how geologists came to understand them.You can stop reading about halfway through, unless you relish page upon page of repetitive geologist's description of the measurements of the floods at dozens [...]


    2. John Eliot Allen taught geology at Portland State University. In fact, he was the founder of the Department of Earth Science (later Geology Department) at the university. His career was such that an annual teaching award was named for him: The John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Award. I'm an admitted Ice Age Floods junkie. (N.B. The Ice Age Floods have also been called the Spokane Floods for the area where they were first evidenced, the Bretz Floods after the geologist who first hypothesized [...]


    3. “Human error” is a great potential weakness to any epistemic system, and the development of science as an epistemic institution has in large part been an effort both to eliminate the actual causes of human error and the perception of fallibility. Of course, the former leads to the latter, if science makes fewer mistakes, there is less legitimate reason to be skeptical of it. But science’s ability to correct itself does not make it at any time flawless, the ability to eliminate human error [...]


    4. You can’t live in Portland very long without hearing about the Missoula Floods. This was the massive geological process that originated in what is now Montana and carved out the Columbia Gorge thousands of years ago. It’s easy to marvel at the spectacular cliffs and waterfalls and let it go at that. But when I came across Cataclysms on the Columbia, I wanted to know more. My comments refer to the revised second edition, published in 2009 by Ooligan Press—a new book in geologic terms, anywa [...]


    5. This book describes the Missoula Floods and Bretz, the man who first theorized that massive flooding was the driver of much of the geology along the Columbia, as well as eastern Washington and the Willamette Valley. The book is divided into two. The first section is about Bretz and the hostility with which the rest of the scientific community received his work. No one believed, or wanted to believe, what he knew to be true - that massive flooding, several orders of magnitude greater than anythin [...]


    6. I was happy to find a first addition of this book in Powells, signed by co-author Marjorie Burns. That said, this review is of the first edition of the book, and I know that it's been updated since, though I'm not sure how extensive the changes have been.Cataclysms begins with a classic story of a scientist (J Harlen Bretz) who was forced to confront the scientific theories of his day in order to paint an accurate portrait some of the Pacific Northwest's most stunning and perplexing physical fea [...]


    7. As someone who is casually interested in geology and appreciative of the beautiful, varied landscape of the Pacific Northwest, I found Cataclysms on the Columbia to be a fascinating read. The first half of this book chronicles the life of geologist J Harlen Bretz—his study of the ancient catastrophic floods that shaped the landscape of the Pacific Northwest and his struggle to prove his theory to the scientific community. Bretz’s life and work make the first half of the book a more historica [...]


    8. This new version updates the research on the Ice Age floods (the Missoula Floods) that helped shape and create the land along the Columbia River, from the scablands of eatern Washington to the Columbia River Gorge and even down the Willamette valley to Eugene. I could have done without the new introductions to geology and geologists that read like over-wrought paeans to those stalwart mythic heroes--geologists--, but the drama of J Harlan Bretz and his decades long fight to have the flood theory [...]


    9. We picked this book up at the gift shop at Multnomah Falls about 13 years ago and it has languished on my bookshelf ever since. I finally picked it up when I was looking for something to read and was pleasantly surprised by its readability.Clear and well written for the layman. The first half of the book describes the challenge by a geologist named J. Harlen Bretz to convice the geology world that a catastrophic flood hundreds and, in some locations, thousands of feet deep swept across Montana, [...]


    10. In the early twentieth century, J. Harlen Bretz was a geologist who walked around what were believed to be glacial formations carved through mountains and valleys in the states of Oregon and Washington. He took detailed notes and observed rock patterns from Spokane to Portland, Oregon…and came to the conclusion that a huge prehistoric flood created the canyon called the Scablands. This was completely at odds with the beliefs of established geologists of the time, and he knew this, but he stood [...]


    11. When imagining those 400 foot walls of water racing down the Columbia, over and over, 13-14,000 years ago, when humans were already living in the then lake district of south central Oregon, I wonder how many recently arrived Asian kayakers were killed?Stone Age in the Great Basin


    12. I've read through this one a number of times while working on it, and I love the way the voices mesh together. Geology is not my area of expertise, but the story truly is interesting on historical, scientific, and personal levels; it keeps the reader engaged that way and has a wide appeal.





    13. Interesting read for anyone interested in geology. I would recommend skipping Part 1; as a geologist, I found some of the statements in this section a bit offensive.


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