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n. often scablands
An elevated area of barren rocky land with little or no soil cover, often crossed by dry stream channels: the scablands of eastern Washington.
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pl n
(Physical Geography) a type of terrain, found for example in the northwestern US, consisting of bare rock surfaces, with little or no soil cover and scanty vegetation, that have been deeply channelled by glacial flood waters
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Noun1.scablands - (geology) flat elevated land with poor soil and little vegetation that is scarred by dry channels of glacial origin (especially in eastern Washington)
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Evergreen State, WA, Washington - a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
land, soil, ground - material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use); "the land had never been plowed"; "good agricultural soil"
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J Harlen Bretz's wide-ranging field studies along the Columbia River in eastern Washington State from 1910 to 1924 led him to propose that the extensive feature he called the "Channeled Scablands" had been formed by one or more catastrophic floods of proportions neither seen nor imagined by geologists to be possible.
It includes lively and informative text, images and links about communities and destinations in areas such as Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Chelan, Leavenworth, the Channeled Scablands, Moses Coulee, the Omak Stampede, historic Winthrop, the Methow Valley, Osoyoos Lake, the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Oliver wine country, Summerland, Kelowna, Kalamalka Lake, Vernon's Sparkling Hill and Predator Ridge Resorts, Salmon Arm, and Gold Country near Cache Creek.
The estimated size of the flooding appears to be comparable to the ancient mega-flood that created the Channeled Scablands in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, in eastern Washington.
Glacial Lake Missoula filled and emptied at least a dozen times over 2500 years, its cataclysmic floods shaping a section of eastern Washington known as the "channeled scablands."
Long ago I learned that a terrestrial analog exists in my own country: the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington state.
Those inundations, which occurred when a glacial lake burst through the edge of the ice sheet that constrained it, sculpted a chaotically eroded terrain in eastern Washington that geologists aptly call the Channeled Scablands.