Random Stories

On a class field trip we stopped at Rock Lake to have lunch. While there, we were talking about the steep basalt walls of the coulee that was formed by the Missoula floods. Dr. Chad Pritchard and I thought it might be cool to figure out what kind of…

Not all of the nature you see around you is strictly natural. This Russian olive tree is an invader – an invasive species. Invasive species are animals, plants or insects that are non-native and detrimental to the ecology of the area. Many invasive…

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…

Though the landscape here is dry and dusty, beneath you is an amazingly extensive aquifer system. Where did it come from? A very long time ago, around 6 to 16 million years ago, the Columbia Basin was catastrophically filled by numerous basalt flows…

Starbuck is a small town of only 129 residents located in southeastern Washington near the Snake River. It has a warm climate and mild winters. The Snake River, Tucannon River, and surrounding land make the area ideal for farming and ranching. One…

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…

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