At the confluence of the Wenatchee River and Columbia River in central Washington, the contrast between the lush riverside and the bare hills surrounding the town are stark. Looking much like a shar-pei dog with its wrinkly skin, the geologic history of the mountain ranges often are on full display. Events have scarred the landscape – or more accurately, formed the landscape, constantly changing with every event over thousands of years. From the Great Missoula Flood, crashing tectonic plates, volcanic eruptions, and retreating glaciers, the landscape is fascinating to explore all over the great state of Washington.
If you would enjoy learning about the geology of Washington’s landscape and what has caused the wide variety of landscapes found in the state, a Professor at Central Washington University has created several short interesting films that tell the story in a way that even the novice can grasp. When you understand what you are looking at as you drive across the state, you see more, and appreciate more.