Forming the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, Landscape, Scenic, Rock

Almost anyone who hasn’t been to the Grand Canyon, wishes they could do this. It’s the most spectacular view, and standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon that you feel as if you’re facing the enormous power of natural forces and time. Why is it impressive? It consists of a massive gash across the desert, nearly 300 mph, over a mile deep along much of its length, and up to 18 miles wide. Was it really made by the Colorado River?

The rocks near the base of the canyon are nearly two billion years old, while those at the top were formed about 200 million years back. Forming these deposits took about half the age of Earth.

However, even though the deposits took such a long time to form, it didn’t take nearly that long to create the canyon. The Rocky Mountains on the east of the plateau were also shaped by exactly the identical collision.

About 5 million years back, an opening was made from the plateau into the Gulf of Mexico. Due to the altitude change from the higher reaches of the plateau into the sea, the water flowed quickly, carrying out sand and stone. Then, during the ice ages, the water flow rose and the river cut into the stone.

The debris of the water flowing down, during a period of a heavy flow, cuts in the sides of the canyon, which makes it wider, and to the river bed, which makes it deeper. Additionally, if plants are known to stabilize the soil and stone, the desert has very few of these. On the scale of geological change, only about the blink of an eye.

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