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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Grand Canyon

By Sep 15th 2010 No Comments »

Nowhere on this planet are the scope of geologic time and the power of geologic processes as superbly and beautifully exposed as in the Grand Canyon walls. Grand Canyon is one of the Earths most powerful, inspiring landscapes that overwhelm our senses.

The canyon walls reach about 5,000 feet below the rim to the river. The thickness of all Grand Canyon rocks, if present in one spot, would total more than 15,000 feet.

Each rock layer represents a period when a particular environment of deposition prevailed. For example, the Kaibab Formation, the rock that makes the canyon rims, is the youngest of Grand Canyon’s layers. The Kaibab limestone formed in shallow warm seas about 260 million years ago, a bit before dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Below the Kaibab limestone caprock, the strata becomes progressively older. The oldest rocks lie more than 3,000 feet beneath the rim in the walls of the Inner Gorge and are between 1,840 and 1,680 million years old.

Although the origin of Grand Canyon is complex and not totally deciphered, the forces that shaped it are well understood. Grand Canyon is the result of erosion, specifically incision by a river into a high, arid plateau. The Colorado River carved the depth of the canyon as it cut its way through the Kaibab Plateau which is more than 7,000 feet above sea level.

This amazing and beautiful sight is truly moving. As we walked both the South and North rim I remained in a cloudy daze, in awe of the natural beauty and wonder that was around me. I have been impressed by many sights before but this sight is worth its hype- which I wasn’t expecting.  

My favorite moment at the Grand Canyon was watching the sun rise while sitting alone on the rocks of the South Rim. We were only joined by a few other spectators for this magnificent event, which made that morning more than magical. I have never been so at peace with myself, with nature or with life then I was during that sunrise. It was beautiful. Slowly watching, anticipating the light shine on the areas of the canyon-bringing it to slowly to life.

Having gone to the Grand Canyon so late in the summer, we missed the crowds we both were expecting to see. I personally enjoyed the South Rim a bit more then the North because it allows more freedom to walk a bit off the designated path- sit in silence and gaze out before you. However, if we had gone during the heart of summer this most likely would not have been the case.

So, I will say it- just as people have said before me… The Grand Canyon is definitely a MUST see.

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