Catastrophic Flood Dynamic Database

Channeled Scabland of Washington

The Channeled Scabland of southeastern Washington was the classic study area of J. Harlan Bretz, who proposed the bursting of former ice dams of Glacial Lake Missoula as the source of the flood waters.  An alternative explanation is found in: Flood Evidence in Eastern Washington.


Bretz, J. Harlan. 1928. The Channeled Scabland of eastern Washington. Geographical Review 18:446-477.

Baker, V. R. 1973. Paleohydrology and sedimentology of Lake Missoula flooding in eastern Washington: Geological Society of America Special Paper 144, 79 p.

Baker, Victor R., ed. 1981. Catastrophic flooding; the origin of the Channeled Scabland. Benchmark Papers in Geology 55. Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross, Inc., Stroudsburg Pa.

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