Title

How did Glaciation Affect the Willamette Valley?

Date

5-31-2018 10:00 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 10:15 AM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Session Chair

Melinda Shimizu

Session Title

Shaping our world: Glaciers and their impact on Western North America

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Melinda Shimizu

Abstract

The idea of massive floods causing mass devastation across an area has been seen all over the world from Native American tales to the Bible. At the end of the last Ice Age a series of floods swept across the Pacific Northwest permanently changing the landscape. This presentation will describe the events now known as the Missoula Floods and will explain how floods originating in Montana impacted the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Thanks to the incredible force of water, the Missoula Floods scoured the landscape and dumped a majority of the sediment here in the Willamette Valley, giving us the rich fertile land that is the foundation of our agricultural economy today.

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May 31st, 10:00 AM May 31st, 10:15 AM

How did Glaciation Affect the Willamette Valley?

WUC Pacific Room

The idea of massive floods causing mass devastation across an area has been seen all over the world from Native American tales to the Bible. At the end of the last Ice Age a series of floods swept across the Pacific Northwest permanently changing the landscape. This presentation will describe the events now known as the Missoula Floods and will explain how floods originating in Montana impacted the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Thanks to the incredible force of water, the Missoula Floods scoured the landscape and dumped a majority of the sediment here in the Willamette Valley, giving us the rich fertile land that is the foundation of our agricultural economy today.