Scenic USA - Washington
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state parks and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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Quincy Wildlife Area - Second Pothole
|Photo by Eric Noel
Ancient Lake Gallery
Spewing from large fissures in the earth’s crust, Columbia River basalts blanketed nearly 80,000 square miles in the Northwest nearly 17 million years ago. Covering the
majority of eastern Washington, and parts of Montana, Idaho and Oregon, this lava field measures nearly a half mile thick. Some of the notable areas of this mammoth slab of basalt lie in Washington’s Quincy Wildlife Area. Here in this arid side of the state, erosion has stripped away topsoil, exposing a land of towering cliffs and mesas, benches, coulees and huge potholes. The 15,000 acre Quincy Lakes Unit is covered in with shrub-steppe vegetation. Common sage, bluebunch, and wheatgrass do little to hide these striking geologic features.
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