Welcome to the Palouse Digital Project, a collection of information about the Palouse bioregion of southeastern Washington and northern Idaho. A range of topics including history, geology, agriculture, and natural history of the Palouse are presented through digitized public domain reports, maps, photographs, field guides, dissertations, and other types of materials. The Project is supported by the Washington State University Libraries and is managed by the software package CONTENTdm.
The Palouse is a unique geographic region of wind-blown loess hills in southeastern Washington and northern Idaho (map). "Between the Blue Mountains of Oregon, the Rocky Mountains of Northern Idaho, and the coulee-crossed channeled Scablands of Washington, there is a region variously called the Palouse, the Palouse Country, the Palouse Prairie and the Palouse Hills..this area is a rolling surface of broad, asymmetric, wavelike swells of eolian, loesslike materials, generally rising 20 to 80 feet above valleys that contain neither streams nor channels."1 Because of the deep fertile soil it is a prime agricultural area known for wheat, lentil, and split pea production.
Searching the Database:
Entering search terms in the box located at the top of the page will search across all of the database fields. A select list subject topic is provided below in a drop-down box. Choose a topic from the options and click on the search button to see the results. Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed, both forward and backward. To view the larger image and its corresponding description, double click on the thumbnail. Any highlighted text in the description below each full-size image is searchable; just click.
Creating the Online Collection
Lihong Zhu selected and refined the metadata standards and provided subject and genre terms. Alex Merrill provided supervision and technical support for CONTENT and designed the site. Marilyn Von Seggern selected material for the collection. Dan Vogt and Mike Marshall scanned original photographic prints as 300 dpi TIFF files on a Epson Expression 10000XL scanner and then added 72 dpi JPEG files to the CONTENT database
There are few areas of the Palouse that are still untouched. For information about some of these "remnants" please follow the links below:
Rose Creek Preserve
Magpie Forest: Washington State Magazine, 11/2005; WSU News, 4/22/2005; Washington State Magazine Photo Gallery; Ecology @ WSU Annual Report, 2006 (p. 25-27); WSU Ecology Slideshow 1; WSU Ecology Slideshow 2
Kramer Prairie Ecological Reserve: Ecology @ WSU Annual Report, 2006 (p. 28-29)
Kamiak Butte: Whitman County Parks Website; WSU Ownby Herbarium Site
1 Caldwell, Harry H., "The Palouse in Diverse Disciplines," Northwest Science 35 (4), 1961: 115-121.