Day 134

The Channeled Scablands

August 7th, 2010

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  1. deb says:

    What lonely scenery!

    Am I first?!! *hopeful expression*

  2. deb says:

    BTW – Cuoldn’t help researching it a bit (ya can’t keep a good librarian down). Here’s the USGS page about the Channeled Scrablands. Fascinating!

    • Steve in WI says:

      Thanks for the link deb, I had never really heard about the Scablands……..never to old to learn new things. Matt is not just our Chief Hobo but also a teacher.

    • MN Roxanne says:

      Love librarians!! Thanks for the link deb.

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Matt, or Jason, also has a link to this underneath this picture post. I missed it at first but it’s there, lower left corner under the pic.

  3. deanna valenti meyer says:

    YAY you Deb! #1!!

    This is quite the change from Montana & Idaho, right? But, soon he will cross over back into wonderful trees and green. Out in those parts (where he is now) it’s more about the wheat, grapes and flatter, wider spaces.

  4. Candice In Alabama says:

    This is the first I’ve ever heard of scablands. Here’s another link:

  5. This was just on the Science Channel…Scablands…and how they formed…good stuff…of course I never know if they really know for sure…it may change later…but it sure was interesting…if people don’t think floods have their fury…they should come here…

    Matt, if you hear a rumbling like “lots” of water rolling over the hills…I think you should RUN!!!…preferably to higher ground…

  6. charlie says:

    errr, is there anything living, in this location? it appears very ‘dead’.

  7. jeff says:

    some hobo guy that likes to walk around. Usualy heading towards the sun set…but that is it…him and the tumbleweeds.

  8. Michelle says:

    If he’d only taken a left at the Burr Canyon road south of Kahlotus, he could have wowed you all with some o’ dis. Instead, I’ll step up and share. :)

    Columnar Basalt action >>

  9. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    I don’t ever remember hearing or learning anything about any of this at all. Matt are you sure you’re still on planet Earth? Doesn’t look like it to me. Look so weird. I agree with charlie, is there anything alive out there besides you?

  10. Lori says:

    Something not widely known outside of the “Inland NW” is the fascinating geological history of this area. The Western half of Oregon & Washington and the Northern part of Idaho, & Northwest Montana, are mountainous, green and wet, The rest of those states is dry & full of rocky outcroppings & plateaus & high desert. The “coulees” between Banks Lake & Soap Lake are spectatcular. Matt will see the beautiful green fir trees on the West side soon.

    Temperatures in Portland right now are 70’s but within a few days are forecasted to be mid-90’s, & more humid than East of the Cascades. Keep your hat on & drink lots of water, Matt!

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