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A steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona.

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  • Feb 15, 2010
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Oh My God, what more can I say about this wonder of the world? Yes, one of the 7 Wonders of Nature, if not the most wonderful of all! 

Accolades throughout the ages; its size, its beauty, its magnificence, its eternity & it's to me a miracle! A miracle because only in this age, time & technology that we are able to experience it fully. Think of the airplane, the photographic equipment & the internet... only now can we all share in this miracle in a way no one could ever before! Aren't these all miracles?!?!?! 

The wonder of life never cease to amaze me, but this one has to be one of the greatest, the most awesome & most incredible experience of my lifetime! I love it so much so that I've been back more than 5 times!!! There is really no place like the Grand Canyon where the sheer impact of one's first view is so overwhelming that it is beyond belief!!! 

The Grand Canyon National Park encompasses more than a million acres of land. It was established on Feb 26, 1919 & has more than 4 million visitors annually. There are quite a bit of literature online on Grand Canyon and it's good to read a bit about Geology before one visits the gigantic park. There is the North Rim, South Rim and West Rim and all of them are far apart from one another and it's not possible to see them all in a week, let alone a day. So, a little planning is essential before each visit.

I love taking the Scenic Airlines flights from Vegas which give me a real good coverage from the air. I got to see lots I wouldn't have if I were to be on land. Having said that, to truly experience the Grand Canyon, you've to see it on land, from the air and down in the valley. Not all activities can be done on a single visit though. So, take your pick and then come back again for another uplifting experience. Yes, every visit to the Grand Canyon is most uplifting for me. 

What looks timeless here is actually constantly changing. The Grand Canyon encodes 2 billion years (!) of earth's history. This is really beyond my wildest imagination & intelligence. 2 billion years? You must be kidding, right? Well, that's what those guide books say. I'll never understand how the geologists can measure time as long as that! But, it's really incredible just to grasp the meaning of time & space. And, here, yes, at the Grand Canyon, you have a chance to experience it for yourself!

Carving Grand Canyon:
  • Some of the planet's oldest rocks are now at the canyon's bottom. Thousands of feet thick, the rock formed from sediments. About 1.7 billion years ago, cataclysmic geological forces crumpled & uplifted the rocks to create a range of mountains that towered about 5 miles high.
  • Pressure & heat from the earth then resulted in magma oozing up, forcing itself onto the rock & hardening into veins of pink granite. Over eons, wind & water gnawed the mountain range into a plain & submerged it in sea of water. Remember these all happened in 1.7 billion years ago.
  • About 1 billion years ago, the earth shuddered & new range of mountains were formed again. The rains, frost & winds wore away the mountains soon after.
  • What we see on the Grand Canyon were accumulated from schist aging 600 million years. During some ages, the region sank beneath advancing seas. Primitive shellfish fossilized in sea bottoms that hardened to shale. Some other time, the restless region rose. Topping the canyon today (8000 ft above sea level) is a 300-foot layer of cream-colored limestone formed from the remains of countless corals, sponges & other marine animals.
  • About 6 million years ago, the young Colorado River began to slice into the upper layers of the canyon. Gouging inch by inch over centuries, the river reached the schist 4000 feet below the rim & continued to cut. Wind & water simultaneously wear away & widening as well as deepening the canyon's floor & walls.

    So, that's it. Amazing how time & natural forces carved out the most beautiful landscape on earth, isn't it?

Hidden by its sheer vastness, more than the eye can see in a single scan, the Grand Canyon is a land of diverse plateaus. However, the stunning beauty of this land & the effect it can have on the human spirit is one thing that'll culminates & reach a cresendo with every visits over time & space! This is an experience where one reveals one's own perception of the world as much as one's relation to the higher consciousness.
90% of the visitors to the canyon see it from the South Rim but I've never for once felt that it's crowded here. Its vastness & natural beauty just captured one's imagination so much so that you forget even your own existence. It's like you can see forever!!! A truly marvelous feeling!

"Lovely and majestic beyond the cunning of human thought, the mighty monuments rise to the sun as lightly as clouds that pass. And forever glorious & forever immutable, they must rebuke human pride with the vision of ultimate beauty, and fulfil earth's dream of rest after her work is done." --- Harriet Monroe, 1899.

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February 16, 2010
Only been here twice and I still wanna go back! I need to look at touring this area on foot and exploring the caves up close (yup I am an adventurer). Very nice write up!
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I'd been planning to hit up the Grand Canyon for ages and finally had the excuse a couple of years back when I drove our car from Texas to California. While I was only able to justify an overnight stay (try explaining $200/night hotels to your spouse for a roadtrip they're not on), it was a great primer for some future visit where I'll stretch the experience into a few days. Needless the say, the Grand Canyon isn't "just a canyon", contrary to an overhead review from a iPod-ready …
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Quick Tip by . January 11, 2010
This is the place where one sees God & where I hope my final resting place would be. GC is eternal & most beautiful place on planet Earth!
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The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.

Longstanding scientific consensus has been that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a six million year period. The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km) (6000 feet). Nearly two billion years of the Earth's geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. The "canyon began in the west, followed by another that formed in the east. Eventually, the two broke through and met as a single majestic rent in the earth some six million years ago. [...] The merger apparently occurred where the river today bends to the west, in the area known as the Kaibab Arch."

Before European immigration, the area was inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon ("Ongtupqa" in Hopi language) a holy site and made pilgrimages to it. The first European known to have viewed the ...

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