Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Exploring Glacial Lake Missoula’s impact at Wenatchee Valley Museum event


WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee Valley Erratics Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute will host a meeting on Tuesday, February 13, at 7:00 PM at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, located at 127 S. Mission in Wenatchee. The meeting will also be accessible via Zoom at

Bill Burgel, traveling from Portland, will present on Joseph T. Pardee and Glacial Lake Missoula. Pardee, a USGS Field Geologist with extensive knowledge of Western Montana, was instrumental in the early 20th-century discovery of the remnants of Glacial Lake Missoula.

The talk will also explore the work of Harlan Bretz, who, in the 1920s, identified evidence of massive floods that shaped the Channeled Scablands and dry coulees in eastern Washington without knowing their origin. Pardee later proposed that these geological features were the result of the drainage of a glacial lake, thus identifying the source of the water Bretz had hypothesized about.

This event is free and open to the public.


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