Dry Falls, the Largest on Earth

This week we camped east of the mountains and enjoyed a landscape completely opposite to our Seattle area scenery.  We drove through Grand Coulee, formed over millions of years by eruptions of lava which solidified and was later dug away by ice age floods.

During the last Ice Age an ice dam holding the waters of Lake Missoula broke and massive floods swept through the region forming two giant waterfalls on its way.  When the climate warmed, the ice and water retreated leaving the skeleton of Dry Falls.

We stopped to enjoy the former waterfall,  once the largest on earth.

‘In the heart of the Grand Coulee lies one of the natural wonders of North America—the Dry Falls cataract. This 3.5-mile-wide chasm of basalt, with a drop of 400 feet, was left high and dry thousands of years ago as the last of several Ice Age floods swept through the Grand Coulee.”  Washington State Parks.

Shared with Travel with Intent’s, Weekly Photo Challenge, “Size.”

~ Susanne

9 Comments on “Dry Falls, the Largest on Earth

  1. That’s very impressive, Susanne. We have nothing at all like that here. Worth the trip for sure!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I didn’t know about this – and great photos…I love that you are exploring the little-seen corners of our country!

  3. Pingback: A Trip Through Grand Coulee Country – Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

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