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National Geographic retells the lonely battle of J Harlen Bretz against the scientific establishment, and what made them so pig-headed.To keep reading, click on "The Lone Ranger vs the Big Science Consensus".
Glenn Hodges tells in bold narrative how one man, not even trained in geology, figured out the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington state. It’s a story we’ve told before, but this article in National Geographic, with Michael Melford’s stunning photographs, is a keeper. The headline and subtitle give a flavor of what’s below:
Bretz studied the odd landforms in Washington state and said they were caused by catastrophic flooding. The consensus of the science establishment rejected his ideas. How did his views emerge victorious?