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CWU's Zentner Explores Ice Age Flood Geology in Vantage

Walls of basalt, from the Royal Columns above the Tieton River west of Naches to the endless array on the Grant County bluffs overlooking the Columbia River, make Central Washington a mecca for rock climbers.

To geologists like Central Washington University’s Nick Zentner, those basalt columns — created millions of years ago by lava flows and then rearranged by Ice Age floods just thousands of years ago — are perhaps best explained in breakfast terms.

Read more of this story in the Yakima Herald Republic.