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Arctic Dinosaur was well-suited for cold

This original painting by James Havens of Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis, the new species of duck-billed dinosaur, illustrates a scene from ancient Alaska during the Cretaceous Period.

Scientists have discovered a duck-billed dinosaur that lived in the Arctic Circle roughly 70 million years ago. The newly described dinosaur was dubbed Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis, which means ancient grazer of the Colville River. It was an herbivore that grew up … Continue reading

Gorge Geology Field Trip Guide

Ages End  byStev Ominski

This is the current field trip guide for the Gorge Geology Field Trip offered through the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute. It has been revised and updated several times since it’s original publication in 2011, and … Continue reading

Gorge Geology Presentation

Gorge Geology Presentation

This is a fairly short overview of Gorge Geology with emphasis on the Ice Age Floods. It is from a couple of slideshow presentations to Washington State legislators and Oregon State Parks visitors in the summer of 2015. There is … Continue reading

LAVA – The Movie

LAVA Storyboard

The Pixar animated movie “LAVA” was conceived from a trip to the big island of Hawaii and is based on Mauna Loa/Kilauea and a new volcano, Lōʻihi, forming in the ocean depths off the southeast coast. The storyboard shows how … Continue reading

J Harlan Bretz – HistoryLink.org Biography


Fans of the story of how J Harlan Bretz persevered with the Ice Age Floods theory will undoubtedly find very interesting the short online HistoryLink.org biography of his life. From a Michigan farmer’s son to a gumshoe geologist with an “outrageous … Continue reading

In Memory of Terry Hurd, Our Chapter Founder and President

Terry Hurd

Terry Hurd, our chapter founder and president, passed away on Saturday, July 25. Terry was a tireless advocate for spreading the word about the Ice Age Floods throughout the Gorge, and his passing has left a huge void that we need volunteers … Continue reading

Pillow Basalt and Palagonite – Lava Flowing into Water

Weathered pillow basalts disconformably underlie columnar basalts

Pillow basalt and palagonite are the result of lava flowing into water. We have a striking example right here in the Columbia River Gorge at the east end of The Dalles. This video gives a good idea of how these basalt pillows … Continue reading

Glacial Lake Missoula


This feature-filled video by Tom Foster and Nick Zentner explores the evidence for Glacial Lake Missoula, and provides a treasure trove of places to visit and sights to see when you plan your field trip to the area. … Continue reading

Glacial Lake Missoula – A Portrait


In this video Tom Davis flies you back some 17,000 years ago to see and hear what the landscape of Glacial Lake Missoula might have looked and sounded like. … Continue reading

Mystery of the Megaflood


Explore the features and reasoning that lead to the recognition of the “Missoula (Outburst) Floods” and helped to solve “The Mystery of the Megaflood (Spokane Floods or the Bretz Floods)”