Off to See the Country: Glacial Lake Missoula, Montana
We stopped in Missoula, Montana for a few days to see where the Glacial Lake Missoula formed over 10,000 years ago. We had previously explored central Washington in the Scablands, an area that was scoured by the floods that came through years ago…dozens, and even a hundred times.Current city of Missoula showing ancient lake shorelines.
Lake Missoula water levels long ago covering the current city of Missoula.There used to be 2,000-ft ice dam that was created during the last ice age. This ice dam stopped up the Clark River and began to form Lake Missoula behind it.3D rendering of one of the many ice dams that blocked the river
3D rendering of how the ice dam might’ve lookedIt’s estimated that it took between 50 and 100 years to fill up the lake ! The dam eventually gave way and all that water came rushing through at a rate of 65 mph!This towering mass of water and ice literally shook the ground as it thundered toward the Pacific Ocean, stripping away hundreds of feet of soil…
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