Summer Reading Programs - Ice Age Floods

Photo of Rick Thompson with meteoritePlease join us for two presentations by Rick Thompson;

"Bird's Eye View" July 08 at noon at the St John Library

"Bird's Eye View" July 08 at 7 pm at the Colfax Library

"Erratic Boulders" July 09 at noon at the  Tekoa Library.

On July 8 at noon artist, photographer, and writer Rick Thompson presents his research uncovering the effects of the Lake Missoula Flood in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington. This catastrophic flood propelled over 500 cubic miles of water, ice, rock and mud across eastern Washington, further cut the Columbia River Gorge, covered the Willamette Valley with up to 400 feet of water and left gravel bars miles wide and hundreds of feet high. With color photos, topographical maps and space photos Mr. Thompson shows the signs still visible today. A second program on the topic is scheduled for 7 p.m. that day at the Norma McGregor room in the Colfax library. The Tekoa Library is hosting Mr. Thompson on July 9 at noon for a program on glacial erratics, the giant boulders that remained after the glaciers receded.

Early in 2012 Rick was asked to act as navigator on a flying expedition to document the path of the Lake Missoula Floods from the air. The Channeled Scablands from the air were totally stunning in their size and effect.

A native Oregonian, Mr. Thompson is President of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute who loves to share the beauty and natural history of the great Northwest through art, photography, writing and public speaking. Though geology is not his profession, it is his passion. Being intrigued by the land formations, huge boulders and glacial erratics, he embarked on a twelve-year study of the effects of the ice age floods on NW Oregon and SW Washington. His interest in rocks and fossils dovetails with his present pursuit of the Lake Missoula Flood.

Besides giving PowerPoint talks and leading field trips, Mr. Thompson has developed a number of driving tours and is currently in the process of completing a book on the subject, illustrated with his own photographs, maps and diagrams. He also has a website,

For more information, contact:

Clancy Pool at 509-397-4366

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.