Currents... Glacial Lake Missoula in the News.

We've shown you the past events that created today's landscapes, but what does the future hold for this continuing story? Tourism based on the flood is growing rapidly... and of course a future ice age could bring a whole new series of floods. We will continue to add articles and news reports to this page that discuss current science, flood-based activities, and other interesting items that continue the story of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age Floods.

  • Glacial Lake Missoula National Park?
    The Ice Age Floods are not presently represented in the National Park System or in any other coordinated way. In 1999, through Congress, the Park Service’s Special Resource Study Program funded a study of alternatives for telling the story in the 4-state area. The goal was to inventory the Flood sites and resources, see if there was a high level of public interest and participation in telling this dramatic story, and to recommend to Congress a series of alternatives for creating and managing coordinated and collaborative interpretive centers relating to the floods. There was great interest and participation, so the Park Service is recommending a "park without borders" with interpretive sites and information kiosks along already established travel routes throughout the 16,000 square-mile area.
    Read more about the proposed Ice Age Floods National Geologic Region Heritage Trail.

  • Glacial Lake Missoula and its Humongous Floods
    This new book, generously illustrated with photographs and two-color maps, follows the path of the floodwaters as they raged from western Montana across the Idaho Panhandle, then scoured through eastern Washington and rushed down the Columbia Gorge to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, readers can examine glacial lake shorelines, giant current ripples, now-dry waterfalls that when flowing would have dwarfed Niagara Falls, and other evidence that led scientists to daring new conclusions about geologic processes. Author David Alt, a geology professor at the University of Montana in Missoula, has studied Glacial Lake Missoula and its floods since the 1960s.
    You can buy this book at the Montana Natural History Center.

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