Columbia River Gorge – Video by Nick Zentner


The Columbia River Gorge features an incredible variety of geology and human history as it slices through the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest.

Nick Zentner talks about the Columbia River Basalts, the Missoula Floods, the Bonneville Flood, the Bridge of the Gods, Celilo Falls, Multnomah Falls, Beacon Rock, Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, the Columbia River Highway, and more!

Columbia River Basalts Location – Nick Zentner

Nick Zentner is the science outreach and education coordinator for the Department of Geological Sciences at Central Washington University. He has produced more than 40 short videos about Central Washington geology.

I’ll be posting more fascinating episodes of “Nick on the Rocks” in the days to come.

4 thoughts on “Columbia River Gorge – Video by Nick Zentner

  1. Truly one of the most beautiful/fascinating areas. I live right next to the gorge and, minus the freezing rain it brings, love it!! Just drove through the gorge this weekend and was thinking of this series as I was driving.

    On another note we’ve had 13″ of rain since March 1st! Record rainfall for Portland. (At least in the last 80 years!)

  2. Interesting how they carefully avoid showing any of the wind farms that are invading the landscape and absolutely destroying the natural beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. I grew up in Washington along the Columbia River (Richland), and now when I go back to visit my parents, I am horrified by what they have done to the landscape. It is absolutely appalling!

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