Fire, Faults and Floods


This road and trail guidebook introduces the geological features, events and forces that created the vast and varied landscapes of the Columbia River basin.

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FIRE, FAULTS and FLOODSFire, Faults and Floods – A road and trail guide exploring the origins of the Columbia River Basin
By Mueller and Mueller
Univ. of Idaho Press, 1997.

A wondrous collection of soaring cliffs, deep coulees, basalt dike walls, water-filled potholes, flood carved caves, and broad channels of one-time rivers spreads across the landscape of eastern and central Washington and northern Oregon. This road and trail guidebook introduces readers, residents, hikers, and tourists to outstanding geological features found in the Columbia River basin and offers an in-depth look at the geological events and forces that created its vast and varied landscapes. Written in non-technical terms so it is very understandable, the authors describe not only the geology of the region, but the history and recreational opportunities offered at various sites.

Fifty three trips are targeted to assist readers in finding and understanding the area’s major geologic features. Among the regions covered are:

  • Missoula, Montana, and the lower Clark Fork drainage
  • Grande Ronde and Joseph Creek Canyons on the borders of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho
  • The Cheney-Pasco Scabland Corridor
  • Grand Coulee, Moses Coulee, and other glacial Lake Missoula flood channels
  • The middle Columbia River drainage
  • Crab Creek and the Yakima fold Belt
  • Picture Gorge Basalts and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  • The Columbia River Gorge
  • The northern Oregon Coast

95 black and white photographs and 80 maps and illustrations accompany the text and serve as detailed guides to sites throughout the region.