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At first glance the straight river paths of the Palouse River may not seem apparent due to steep basalt cliffs. However, at a second glance, the river makes numerous sharp turns at specific angles. This is especially evident looking to the south at…

These tall pillars look like an artist carved them out of stone for the purpose of ornamentation, but they are actually a beautiful record of how chemistry and geology play an interconnected role in nature. A remarkable visual remnant of the ancient…

Once Elberton was a booming town with a population of 500 people. How did the town go from a population of 500 to not even a town at all with a population of less than 15 (Benoit, 2013)? Elberton is one out of two towns in Washington to dissolve…

Just off William’s Lake Road, between William’s and Badger lake lies the William’s Lake plunge pool. Cheney’s Mayor Tom Trulove signed a purchase and sale agreement to purchase 15 acres of land containing the plunge pool. The purchase was important…

At the confluence of the Palouse and Snake Rivers, the Lyons Ferry area, an immense gravel bar formed from the flow of the monumental Missoula flood waters, as shown in Figure 1 (Bretz et al, 1956; Baker, 1973; Busacca, 1989). The Missoula…

J Harlen Bretz, whose given name was Harley J. Bretz, was born in 1882 in Michigan. The oldest of five children, Bretz had an early interest in astronomy and the natural environment that surrounded him on the farm where he grew up. Originally…

Ice Age Floods Explorer

Ice Age Floods Explorer is a web and mobile platform for telling stories of the Missoula Floods and is an ongoing endevour focusing on student research. Ice Age Floods Explorer is a project of the Public History program and Department of Geology at Eastern Washington University. Most of the stories were created by EWU students. Co-editors are Drs. Chad Pritchard, Larry Cebula, and Paul Lindholdt from Eastern Washington University. Dr. Chad Pritchard is an Assistant Professor in the Geology Department. Dr. Larry Cebula is Editor of Spokane Historical. He is a Professor of History at Eastern Washington University and the Assistant Digital Archivist for the State of Washington. Dr. Paul Lindholdt is a Professor or English. Assistant Edit... Read more About Us