Traveling Southwest off of Highway 12 towards the Washington-Oregon border you will come across one of the most peculiar sights of the Columbia Plateau, the Twin Sisters rock formation. Looking at the rock formation many questions may arise, such as…

Deep in the heart of Lowden’s farming land is a canyon that has uncovered many mysteries around the Missoula Floods. Burlingame Canyon is over 1,500 feet long, and cuts down about 100 feet. Not only is this canyon a visual wonder, it has played a key…

In the open plains of Washington, northwest of Coulee City, in a farmer’s field there is a huge boulder sitting just off highway 170. This is a massive rock is the size of a house, just sitting in a field. Looking at this erratic many questions…

Deep Creek Canyon is a hidden gem of Spokane County that is located in Riverside State park. It is the remnants of ancient basaltic lava flows that have been carved out by cataclysmic glacial floods. The valley holds a bounty of discovery through its…

Six miles southwest of Electric City, in the Upper Grand Coulee, stands the largest goat island in the Channeled Scablands: Steamboat Rock. The monolith rises about 700 feet above the coulee floor (Bjornstad, 2006). In its walls the history of the…

Precarious boulders are peculiar naturally occurring geological formations that showcase large rocks resting on another rock. This particular balanced rock rests upon a small slope overlooking Omak Lake on the Colville Indian Reservation in…

The Fish Lake Trail starts near Sunset Boulevard on the west side of Spokane. On this trail, it is easy to see many different geological features. One of the features is an outcrop of the Latah Formation. This can be seen about one mile from the…

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…