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Bretz's flood : the remarkable story of a rebel geologist and the world's greatest flood

Author: John Robert Soennichsen
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by PGW/Perseus, ©2008.
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"The land between Idaho and the Cascade Mountains in Eastern Washington is characterized by dramatic coulees, gullies, and deserts--in geologic terms, it is a wholly unique place on Earth. J. Harlen Bretz was the iconoclastic geologist who peered back in time to answer the riddle of how this land came to be ... He hypothesized that a catastrophic flood--likely the largest in Earth's history--has scoured the land in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Soennichsen, John Robert.
Bretz's flood.
Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by PGW/Perseus, ©2008
(OCoLC)615088786
Online version:
Soennichsen, John Robert.
Bretz's flood.
Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by PGW/Perseus, ©2008
(OCoLC)631824878
Named Person: J Harlen Bretz; J Harlen Bretz
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Robert Soennichsen
ISBN: 9781570615054 1570615055 9781570616310 1570616310
OCLC Number: 213452334
Description: xiv, 289 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Birth of an obsession --
Bright prospects and early disappointments --
Chicago : the early years --
Baraboo, boulderstrewn, and booze --
A toe in the water --
Diving in --
Parting the waters --
A deluge of evidence --
Swimming upstream --
To the brink and back again --
Putting the scablands behind him --
Following a path to the sea --
The scablands after Bretz.
Responsibility: John Soennichsen.
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"The land between Idaho and the Cascade Mountains in Eastern Washington is characterized by dramatic coulees, gullies, and deserts--in geologic terms, it is a wholly unique place on Earth. J. Harlen Bretz was the iconoclastic geologist who peered back in time to answer the riddle of how this land came to be ... He hypothesized that a catastrophic flood--likely the largest in Earth's history--has scoured the land in a virtual instant. Using nothing more than the core tools of observation, hypothesis, and theory, Bretz recognized that the region's bizarre formations and geologic oddities didn't conform to the patterns of a landscape shaped gradually over time. Instead, the scablands looked more like a partially formed, braided river channel that had spread out over several hundred miles--a topography that could only be caused by a sudden rush of an unprecedented volume of water ... [By] the mid-seventies Landsat satellite photography confirmed his findings, and in 1979 he was awarded the Penrose Medal, the Geological Society of America's most prestigious award."--Dust jacket flap.

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