Ref.#11 5020 ~ Palouse Falls
According to the Palouse tribal legend, four giant brothers pursued a mythic creature called "Big Beaver". Fighting gallantly, each time Big Beaver was speared, the canyon walls were gouged until he tore out a huge canyon, the river tumbled over a cliff, and the falls were born. Note the jagged canyon walls and the deep marks of Big Beaver's claws.
Palouse Falls and the canyon downstream comprise an important feature of the channeled scablands in the Columbia River Plateau . ... all created by the great Missoula Floods. When the floods overtopped the south valley wall over and over of the ancestral Palouse River, they diverted it to the current course of the Snake River by erosion of a new channel. The canyon at the falls is 377 feet deep, exposing a large cross-section of the Columbia River basalt. The falls themselves are about 185' high but vary depending on seasonal run-off.
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