That is the massive flooding from Glacial Lake Missoula that gouged out the geography of eastern Washington.
Charles de Lint doesn't really use puns. Maybe you are thinking of Piers Anthony?
Your comments indicate that you are remarkably ignorant about a major incident in the history of our state. "Creationist"? Please.
@3: Prehistory. And it would only be "remarkable" ignorance if the dude were a geologist, which he isn't.
Now, if there were such a thing as a device you could use to seek specific information on the Internet - let's call it a "seek device" - and let's say there was a book company out there with a name a lot like "Amazin.com" because it had so many amazing things there - it might tell you this about the flood book:
Channeled Scablands, between Idaho and the Cascades, is a unique landscape of basalt cliffs, dry waterfalls, canyons, and coulees. Legendary geologist J Harlen Bretz was the first to explore the area, starting in the 1920s. This dramatic book tells the story of this scientific maverick — how he came to study the region, his radical theory that a flood of biblical proportions created it, and how a campaign by the mainstream geologic community tried to derail him for pursuing an idea that satellite photos would confirm decades later.
@4, which is in the link provided...
i'm channelled scablanded out.
@6: "channelled scabland fatigue" is especially common among sexually active gay men in their 40s and 50s.
For the last time, there is no "the" in "University Book Store"! It's just "University Book Store," with no "the."
Get thee hence, definitive article!
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