Near Washtucna in Franklin County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Setting the Stage
Millions of years later, Ice Age floods swept through this area. The floodwaters took advantage of these fractures, cutting steep chanels where the bedrock was weakest and creating Palouse Falls and its canyon. The floods also changed the course of the river.
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During the height of the floods, this entire area was under hundreds of feet of water. This painting shows a flood in progress after the water level dropped several hundred feet.
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Palouse Falls today.
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See the large crack in the basalt cliffs across the canyon? This is one of the fractures in the basalt opened by tectonic forces coming from deep within the earth. Can you see any others?
Erected by Washington State Parks.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located in Palouse Falls State Park at the end of Palouse Falls Road; a entrance fee may be required. Marker is in this post office area: Washtucna WA 99371, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Overwhelming Proof for an "Outrageous" Theory (here, next to this marker); Stealing a Stream (within shouting distance of this marker); Explore Massive Floodscapes! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In the Path of Cataclysmic Floods (about 300 feet away); M - R Military Road (approx. 4.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Palouse Falls - Wikipedia entry. This article also has links to Wikipedia entries on the Columbia River Basalt Group, the Channeled Scablands, and the Missoula Floods. (Submitted on May 6, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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