The Great Missoula Floods of the Last Ice Age
The Missoula Floods of the last Ice Age in the Pacific Northwest were the largest freshwater floods yet known on the surface of the Earth. The flood-formed landscape is a spectacular example of the power of geologic processes. But the Missoula Floods are also a story of controversy: an example of dogma and personality obscuring and facilitating the quest for truth. This is science in action, not always pretty, but continuously motivated by the wonderment of discovery.
O'Connor, Jim, "The Great Missoula Floods of the Last Ice Age" (2016). Public Lecture Series. 84.