- n. Plural form of scabland.
- n. (geology) flat elevated land with poor soil and little vegetation that is scarred by dry channels of glacial origin (especially in eastern Washington)
“One flood happened when a glacial lake burst its empoundment and created the scablands in Oregon, Another flood happened when the Mediterranean flooded the Black Sea and others have happened at other times.”
“Yet, such a world-girdling flood ought to and would have left enormous, massive evidence of just the sorts of things that floods do — but, except for specific localities where real floods are known to have have occurred at other times, e.g., the so-called “scablands” of eastern Washington state, such evidence is wholly lacking.”
“Never mind that the wait at both ends and the flight time is more time consuming than a four-hour drive over the “mountains” and through the “scablands” to bubba land.”
“To all appearances, the forest looks healthy -- a green tapestry of ponderosa pine spreading across five square miles of low buttes, ashy scablands, and rocky promontories.”
“That's how, on a crisp, clear Saturday morning that October, I found myself driving across Washington State, through the serrated Cascades, through the channeled scablands, wheat fields, and scrub forests, until I descended into Spokane and all that I'd left behind.”
“Crab Creek flows through “scablands” scoured by the many great floods from ice-dam failures of glacial Lake Missoula.”
“During the last glacial period, Lake Missoula filled and burst through its ice dam some 40 times or more, scouring eastern Washington to create what is called the channeled scablands.”
“Plant communities present a rich mosaic of grass and shrublands, Garry and California black oak woodlands, juniper scablands, mixed conifer and white fir forests, and wet meadows.”
“Out here in the scablands where life is hard, and only going to get harder, there is an old joke among farmers; How do you make a Microsoft...”
“Such a vast inundation, far greater than anything ever witnessed in historical time, seemed impossible to geologists in the 1920s, when J Harlen Bretz proposed that the scablands resulted from a catastrophic flood, not eons of gradual erosion.”
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