New videos depict history, breakup of Glacial Lake Missoula

The new short videos on local geologic features left by Glacial Lake Missoula during the Ice Age Floods were viewed by a standing room only crowd at the Montana Natural History Center on January 29th, 2020.

Echoes on the Land comprises nine videos, each about 5 minutes long, covering individual topics about marks left on the landscape by the sudden drainage of 550 cubic miles of water when a 2000 foot-high dam of the continental ice sheet across the Clark Fork River near Sandpoint, Idaho, collapsed about 13,000 years ago.

Inspired Classroom, a local educational technology company, developed the videos using a combination of interviews, aerial photography, views from Google earth, simple animations and film footage of more contemporary glacier break-ups.

They are designed to be viewed on several iPads mounted as part of the newly renovated display opened last summer at the Montana Natural History Museum. Sub-titles accompany each video. The full length version and the individual topics can be viewed on You Tube at Echoes on the Land.

The videos were produced under the sponsorship of the Glacial Lake Missoula chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute with partial funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The exhibit itself, including the electronic devices used for display, was made possible by private donors and a grant from the Montana Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism.