The amazingly beautiful Columbia River from Dog Mountain. Indigenous tribes who have lived in the region for thousands of years tell creation stories of massive floods that carved away the Earth, giving birth to the Columbia River Gorge. Today, scientists know the Missoula floods actually occurred, creating near instantaneous 300ft tall walls of water that swept away everything in their path. When the waters receded, the raging Columbia River remained.
Today, the Columbia River looks like it does in my picture: a slow moving lake. This is because of a series of dams that have flooded the river to provide hydroelectric power. Buried underneath these flooded reservoirs, there are features that once made the Columbia so treacherous to travel. The Cascade Mountain range was named for the cascading rapids that are now flooded by the Bonneville Dam. Celilo Falls were, by volume, the 6th largest waterfalls on Earth, bigger than Niagra Falls. They have disappeared behind the Dalles dam (along with tens of thousands of years worth of native artwork and history) and we renamed the area "Celilo Lake." The river moves so slow that we actually have to put salmon in trucks and ship them downstream or else they won't make it to the ocean.
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