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Ancient Lake Natural Area is just east of the Columbia River in eastern Washington state. It provides good evidence, with sagebrush and rattlesnakes, that the state's moniker of the "Evergreen State" does not apply to vast stretches of Washington. Ancient Lake is much more reminiscent of the old west than the soggy, Pacific Northwest that most people envision.

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 Lake in the Coulee - Ancient Lake Wildlife Area, Washington State

A stunning waterfall plunges into Ancient Lake from the Columbia Plateau. A steep hiking trail follows along the left side of the falls. Ancient Lake lies in a coulee that opens to the Columbia River. It has long been an oasis for raptors, coyotes, bats and various other desert dwellers like rattlesnakes, quails and chukars. The coulees potholelakes eventually dried out after the great floods (see below), and are now replenished by agricultural runoff - the surrounding plateau is covered with large-scale, Columbia River-irrigated cropland.

>More than 10,000 years ago the Lake Missoula floods created some of the most stunning land forms on earth - studied by NASA for their similarity to Martian landscapes. Much of the eastern half of what is now the state of Washington was scoured down to bedrock by a series of gargantuan flood events, released from an ancient ice-dammed glacial lake that once formed in what is now Montana. The resulting formation of dramatic canyons, coulees, cataracts and flood plains occurred in a mere matter of days, not the millions of years long believed.


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