Talk:Columbia River Gorge
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A reference for future expansion
Gorgeoutdoors.org is a non-profit community resource and news magazine of the Columbia River Gorge area. Currently, none of the local news organizations provide residents or visitors timely and locally relevant information on the area. This is GorgeOutdoors mandate and a cornerstone it hopes to build on.
Mfield's response strikes me as a rush to judgement about GorgeOutdoors.org as a resource and too rigidly interprets the guidelines for external links.
I propose adding a sub-category for External Links to segregate site like GorgeOutdoors on this page. This has precedence on other geography pages to address the opportunity to provide more than static, traditional external links for a location.
Suggested sub-section to cover the nuances and detail of daily life in the Gorge: Local Information.
This could also include links to other local resources like the libraries, environmental organizations, etc.
- Whether for better or worse, external links are considered guilty of being spam or promotional until proven innocent. http://GorgeOutdoors.org appears to be about living in the gorge and so is only tangentially related to the Gorge article, which focuses on its physical characteristics. It's a close call whether this link should be included. It would be helpful if the article were expanded with related human activities. —EncMstr (talk) 21:15, 4 August 2009 (UTC)
- EGarvin, instead of turning Wikipedia into a linkfarm of external links, a better option would be to do the "approved" thing, which is to feature a link to dmoz.org. The closest for this article appears to be http://www.dmoz.org/Regional/North_America/United_States/Oregon/Localities/H/Hood_River/. It isn't the ideal category, but it doesn't seem horrible either. tedder (talk) 03:20, 5 August 2009 (UTC)
A couple old USGS photos of Cascade Rapids
I just uploaded two USGS photos from 1899 of the rapids and of dead trees in the river above the rapids (the "ghost forest" thing). Not sure what if any use the photos might be, but they are here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CascadeRapids-Gilbert481.jpg and http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stumps_at_Cascade_Rapids.jpg
I found them at a USGS photo archive site I hadn't known about before. This url should link to the full page about the tree photo: http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/cgi-bin/show_picture.cgi?ID=ID.%20Gilbert,%20G.K.%20%20493 and the main search page is here: http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/keyword.htm -- I searched with keywords like river and columbia. Might be other interesting and useful photos there. There was a discussion a while back on some talk page about the "ghost forest" that used to stand in the river above Cascade Rapids. I forgot where that discussion took place, but the photo of trees in the river might be useful for the page about it, if there is one. Pfly (talk) 07:42, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
- Here's another cool image I just found. The caption should explain the vertical exaggeration clearly. -18.104.22.168 (talk) 15
- 46, 30 March 2010 (UTC)
"end of the last Ice Age "
This is a very common mistake throughout all of Wikipida and many sources. This is an educational site not a discussion site and it should be worded correctly. Since the quaternary Ice Age never ended this should read, "end of the last glaciation" --22.214.171.124 (talk) 18:38, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
Add a weather section
The Gorge can have a big impact on weather in the eastern Portland/Vancouver suburbs, especially during winter. As cold air builds up in the plateau to the east, it pours down the Gorge towards Troutdale. This then commonly collides with warmer air burdened with moisture from the Pacific Ocean. While air warms up going down the Gorge, it's still colder than the air from the Pacific. This results in rain and/or freezing rain. Troutdale gets a considerable amount of that moisture as freezing rain. I-84 is sometimes closed due to ice throughout the Gorge. Will (Talk - contribs) 11:26, 11 October 2013 (UTC)