Contributions to the geology of Washington

Professional Paper 19
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Central Washington includes a part of two great topographic provinces; the great plain of the Columbia and the Cascade Range. The former, in its position and general desert-like character, suggests at once a resemblance to the Great Basin of Utah and Nevada; and the vastness of the desert plain is emphasized by the snowy peaks of the Cascades along its western border. These provinces are not to be regarded as unconnected in their geologic history, however great the contrast in their general features. The intermediate zone between the great plain on the east and the mountain range on the west is a strategic point for the investigation of the geologic structure and history and the interpretation of the present topography of both provinces. On the extensive basalt-covered plain monotony wearies the traveler, while on the rocky peaks of the Cascades the complexity taxes the powers of the observer. 

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Contributions to the geology of Washington
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 19
DOI 10.3133/pp19
Year Published 1903
Language English
Publisher Government Survey Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 101 p.
Country United States
State Washington
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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