Dry Falls - Channeled Scablands

Posted by
Don (Spokane, United States) on 26 November 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

Dry Falls is a 3.5 mile long scalloped precipice in central Washington, ten times the size of Niagara, Dry Falls is thought to be the greatest known waterfall that ever existed. According to the current geological model, catastrophic flooding channeled water at 65 miles per hour through the Upper Grand Coulee and over this 400-foot (120 m) rock face at the end of the last ice age.

If you want to know more: Dry Falls is part of the channeled Scablands which are a unique geological erosion feature created by the cataclysmic Missouila Floods that swept periodically across eastern Washington and down the Columbia River Plateau during the Pleistocene epoch.

River valleys formed by erosion normally have a 'V' cross section, and glaciers leave a 'U' cross section. The Channeled Scablands have a rectangular cross section and are spread over immense areas of eastern Washington. They exhibit a unique drainage pattern that appears to have an entrance in the northeast and an exit in the southwest.

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Love it. What a view and what a history. Can you imagine what this looked like in the prime of its powers? Wow.

26 Nov 2011 6:06am

Mildred/Maple Lane blog from United States

I really enjoyed this post and photo, Don.

26 Nov 2011 6:48am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique vue quelle belle luminosité quel brillant sur l'eau avec cette chaine et ce vieux mur, sueprbe.

Bravo et belle journée

26 Nov 2011 7:26am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

I would like to visit this place! Very impressive!

26 Nov 2011 8:09am

tataray from france, France

Superbe. Belles explications)

26 Nov 2011 8:59am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Superb shot, and the detail in your narrative is so fascinating. Even the phrase "Scablands" is so evocative of this unique geology

26 Nov 2011 9:35am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

wonderful colour, texture and depth of field here Don. Lovely composition

26 Nov 2011 10:42am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a landscape

26 Nov 2011 11:29am

Sam from Chennai, India

Superb shot. Wonderful colour and texture. Very interesting narrative. The time scale in Geology is fascinating. Excellent presentation. :)

26 Nov 2011 12:49pm

Twojays from Montana, United States

What a beautiful unusual image and frame with the hard chain in the foreground, yet blending with it's old and crumbly rocky wall, and the green edges around the water. I'm wondering if my monitor is too bright, or if this image was strongly sun lit. I tilted my screen to give it more contrast.

26 Nov 2011 1:47pm

Harry from Apex, United States

I enjoyed the history lesson as well as the photograph. I just had to read about something called "Scablands." I like your framing that includes the man-made wall and chain as foreground to the wide open spaces.

26 Nov 2011 2:49pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool. I once saw a documentary about glacial erosion that included that.

26 Nov 2011 3:15pm

Candace from Phoenix, AZ, United States

What a beautiful and unique landscape.

26 Nov 2011 4:03pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

gute Info und ein sehr gutes Foto.

26 Nov 2011 4:33pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

je vais quand même faire attention!!!!lol

26 Nov 2011 5:14pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

An excellent choice of frame Don and a beautiful place.

26 Nov 2011 5:55pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That would've been something to see with water roaring over the huge fall. A fine shot of this interesting place.

26 Nov 2011 7:13pm

Rosso from Luserna s.Giovanni (To), Italy

Excellent panorama, Beautiful colors and sharpness

26 Nov 2011 9:20pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

A visually interesting place. Love the painterly treatment you've given it, don! :O)

27 Nov 2011 12:35am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

I like your tones. Fine foreground

27 Nov 2011 1:25am

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

Impressive feature and information...something new learned here today! Thanks, Don.

27 Nov 2011 1:31am

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Neat shot Don.

27 Nov 2011 2:47am

Andrew from Simsbury, United States

wow incredible!

27 Nov 2011 4:01am

TexWisGirl from United States

really cool formation! at first it looked like an aerial shot!

27 Nov 2011 3:22pm

tanha from Kurdestan-Baneh, Iran

wow , it's very spice image ,

27 Nov 2011 6:57pm

franz from Baden, Austria

fantastic pov and scenery and a most interesting geological history of the place! fascinating!

27 Nov 2011 8:32pm

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey dude
man, thats awesome.. im kinda reminded of the opening crash scene from the original Planet Of The Apes...

27 Nov 2011 9:10pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

fantastic view and composition, i like the chain in the foreground

28 Nov 2011 12:54pm

tricia from Poplar Bluff, United States

I've never heard of that place & that's a shame, because it sounds like it deserves more attention... very interesting, Don

28 Nov 2011 2:55pm

rose from United States

Don't you wonder what the first pioneers thought when they saw places like this? What a fantastic view.

29 Nov 2011 1:35am

rian from Vestavia Hills, United States

that's one heck of a view you got here.. sure looks interesting.. great catch.. :)

9 Dec 2011 4:00am