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    This field guide is designed for geologists floating the approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) of the Deschutes River from the Pelton-Round Butte Dam Complex west of Madras to Maupin, Oregon. The first section of the guide is a geologic timeline tracing the formation of the units that compose the canyon walls and the incision of the present canyon. The second section discusses the hydrology, morphology, and formation of the present river channel. The third section is a river log, describing sights and stops for a 3-day floating field excursion.

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    Beebee, Robin A.; O''Connor, Jim E.; Grant, Gordon E. 2002. Geology and geomorphology of the Lower Deschutes River Canyon, Oregon. Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Special Paper 36: 91-108

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