Glacial Lake Missoula and the Montana Natural History Center

Areas of Missoula now covered with neighborhoods, shops, and the university comprised the floor of this ancient lake. How deep was the water at your house? Will Glacial Lake Missoula return? Were there fish in Lake Missoula? The story of Glacial Lake Missoula is the story of one of the largest floods on earth - and it all started right here in Missoula.We're working to bring this story to light: this page is your guide to resources and upcoming events available through the Montana Natural History Center.

At The Montana Natural History Center:
The Nature Center at Fort Missoula is an excellent spot to begin your exploration. The Center has displays that include a short description of the lakes and the floods; examples of sedimentary rock; short videos and books on the topic (that can be used at the Center, checked out, or purchased); and displays of fossils and other rocks from the region. An educational trunk about the Missoula aquifer is pertinent when discussing our geologic history and a new truck is ready for use in schools. Our weekly radio program - Field Notes - has featured Glacial Lake Missoula.

Please Note: the MNHC has moved to 120 Hickory Street in Missoula. Glacial Lake Missoula exhibits are under improvement in 2005. Call 406.327.0405 for more information about this exciting transformation.

Into the Future:
The Center is actively participating in the development of a 4-state educational touring approach to this amazing story. The National Park Service is preparing a bill to present to Congress to create"The Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail."


Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory Street
Missoula, Montana 59801
phone 406.327.0405
fax 406.327.0421

Copyright 2002-2005

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