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37: (Case Study) The Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington

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    Map showing the position of the Channeled Scablands in east-central Washington state, near the border with Idaho.
    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): Location of the Channeled Scablands in Washington state. (Modified by CB from an original by Frank Ramspottrepublication permission currently being requested.)

    In eastern Washington state, there is a vast landscape with unusual landforms, the Channeled Scablands. Here, a dedicated geologist meticulously documented data that challenged his colleagues to accept a violent flood as a viable interpretation of past events. His discovery contradicted prevailing orthodoxy, but he was ultimately vindicated when another scientist documented evidence of a vast glacier-dammed lake in neighboring Montana.


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