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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.


(ˈskæbˌlændz) or


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.
Before the 1990s, west Eugene's wetlands were known as the "scablands," said Steve Gordon, a retired land use planner with the Lane Council of Governments.
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.
Flood geologists often cite scouring of the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington by the Lake Missoula flood and Glen Canyon Dam spillways during the 1983 flood as examples of how this would occur (see Austin, Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe, 46-7, 104-7).
Harlen Bretz, and shows how his methodical fieldwork slowly revealed that the Scablands were created by water--lots of water--sweeping over the area in a series of massive prehistoric floods.
Maternity roost site selection of big brown bats in ponderosa pine forests of the Channeled Scablands of northeastern Washington State, USA.