The Gorge Rocks!

Literally.  Why?  Four words:  Ice. Age. Mega. Floods.

As an Interpretive Ranger, the story of the Missoula Floods is one of my favorite geologic tales to tell.  It’s action, drama, and mystery all rolled into one.  And in the Gorge, we’re right in the thick of it.


Have you seen this movie? It happened here, in the Columbia River Gorge!
(This poster art copyright belongs to the distributor of the film, 20th Century Fox, the publisher of the film and/or the graphic artist.)

If that were not enough, the Missoula Floods (sometimes referred to as the Bretz Floods) also sheds scientific light on a handful of my favorite movie characters – Scrat, Manny, Sid, and Diego.  Ice Age II:  The Meltdown, anyone?  While obviously intended to be a children’s animated comedy and adventure, there are some nuggets of truth in The Meltdown.

Ice age dams are real.  And so is their bursting.  And it happened right here, in the Columbia River Gorge, around 15,000 years ago . . . depending on how you count.

Want the hear the adult version of this cataclysmic story?  Come to a FREE talk this Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2 PM in Troutdale, Oregon at the Barn Museum, 732 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.  The Friends of Vista House are partnering with the Troutdale Historical Society to host a free, open to the public talk by Jim Urbaniak (president of the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society) on the Gorge Mega Floods.

Have questions?  Contact the Troutdale Historical Society at 503-661-2164 or email

Want to know more about the Ice Age Mega Floods?  Check out the Ice Age Floods Institute webpage


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