Yet more on prehistoric Lake Missoula and the megafloods

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Kent Lufkin, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Ron McNeal likes this.
  2. Great article, Kent! Thanks.
  3. what abou the mima mounds?
  4. I see signs of stuff like that everyday here in Montana. Like the Beaverhead river the way it cut thru the hills to make it's way down to the Jefferson.

    But in the end all they can talk about is dooms day. Mega floods, Melting ice cap, Mega distasters.It doesn't end. It will probably all happen as it has in the past. It is mother nature and we as humans can't stop it. So why try to scare the pants off of people with this junk.


  5. 'cause this ain't yur grandpas environment!
  6. I've never heard a truly convincing theory of the origin of the Mima mounds. But the same sort of formations do occur elswhere and always near the terminus of the continental glacier so perhaps the hydraulics of glacial outwash have something to do with it. The last time I visited that area it was a foggy, drizzly day and the sight of those vast numbers of uniform and evenly-spaced mounds left me with an eerie sense of awe and mystery.
  7. Really enjoyed that article, Kent! I love that stuff!
    While driving back from Seattle a couple weeks ago, I had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road in Northern Utah cause I was looking for the shoreline of Lake Bonneville. If that PBS documentary on the Megaflood comes on again, I'd love to see it.
  8. :cool: Very good article! I might suggest a book titled "Roadside Geology of Washington State". I keep a copy in my car when I travel around the state. One thing the book says is that the Mima Mounds have never been explained. I've never seen them myself. (Wish I could.)
    I've wondered what all that fresh water entering the oceans did to their chemical composition and/or environment. Any marine scientist reading this?
    Once again; Thanks for the article. :thumb:
  9. Excellent question! I would love to hear about this.

    My theory on Mima mounds is the same as my theory on crop circles, but I wont go into that here.
  10. This whole series is excellent, particularly the Alt and Hyndman ones (Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Northern California)
  11. Absolutely.

    Another book I'd recommend is 'Washington for the Curious' by Rob McDonald, Shawn Carkonen and Clarence Stilwill.

  12. My favorite mima mound explanation is Andy Berg's seismic hypothesis, if you can find it the image of him smacking a piece of plywood covered with sand on his lap is, well, convincing...beyond the gopher hypothesis. At least now it's legal to speculate about such things in WA...
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  13. Dustin:

    The Mima Mounds, while very interesting, have nothing to do with the Lake Missoula and the mega floods. There is a lot of very interesting information on the Mima Mounds but it does not make sense to connect it to Lake Missoula / mega floods. That area has more to do with the ice sheets that traveled south than mega floods. Take a look at some of the sources cited..

    Sorry, just my opinion.

  14. time warp to 2007?
  15. No kidding Patrick-oh to be 70 again!

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  16. Great read Ken, thanks. I think I just put a few more "must see" places on my list for 2013.
  17. Oh, excuse me, but why is this in the STILLWATER forum?

    Oh, yea, it helped form the little basins that fill with stillwater, and trout!

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