Random Stories

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…

Prior to the construction of automobiles and immense bridges, people used ferries to cross bodies of water such as the Palouse River. Ferries were important; they allowed for people to travel to the opposite bank without having to take long and…

Welcome to HU Ranch! Looking out across the landscape, you will see the cattle ranch in a very linear canyon to the south. The canyon, known as HU Ranch Cataract Gorge (Bretz et al., 1956), or the Davin Coulee (on topographic maps), is an elongated…

The breathtaking falls in front of you formed from a series of cataclysmic events. The Palouse Falls stands at 197 feet tall and is the product of several geologic phenomena that are prevalent in the Columbia Plateau. The Palouse River slowly…

At first glance it may not appear that the remote farming town of Starbuck, Washington, contains much geology. However, the unique slackwater deposits of the Tucannon Valley are perfectly exposed on the western side of town. The most notable feature…

Ice Age Floods Explorer

Ice Age Floods Explorer is a web and mobile platform for telling stories of the Missoula Floods and is an ongoing endevour focusing on student research. Ice Age Floods Explorer is a project of the Public History program and Department of Geology at Eastern Washington University. Most of the stories were created by EWU students. Co-editors are Drs. Chad Pritchard, Larry Cebula, and Paul Lindholdt from Eastern Washington University. Dr. Chad Pritchard is an Assistant Professor in the Geology Department. Dr. Larry Cebula is Editor of Spokane Historical. He is a Professor of History at Eastern Washington University and the Assistant Digital Archivist for the State of Washington. Dr. Paul Lindholdt is a Professor or English. Assistant Edit... Read more About Us