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About the Ice Age Floods
Ice Age Floods Institute


Early settlers in eastern Washington State recognized that the landscapes were different than those seen in other places but were not sure why. A closer examination of the features in the Basin led one geologist, J. Harlen Bretz, to propose that only a sudden cataclysmic flood, on a scale never before considered possible, could account for the phenomenal size and distinctive characteristics of the landforms. This radical idea was not well received by fellow geologists, and a long-running scientific dispute followed. Ultimately his extensive field work, plus additional research by others, conclusively established that many extraordinarily huge and powerful Ice Age floods had shaped the region.

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–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952

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