The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The 277 mile long chasm attracts 5 million tourists every year. Just a glimpse of these images and you can easily see why. It is beautiful and majestic. The erosion caused by the Colorado River has exposed layers of earth not commonly seen, linking us to time, millions of years before we were ever here. The grand Canyon is surely a sight to see.
So check out these images (and more back on Newscom) while maybe gaining a little bit of knowledge you didn’t know about the Grand Canyon with some fun facts!
The Grand Canyon consists of one million acres of land.
The Grand Canyon was named a national park in 1919, eleven years after it became a national monument.
The Grand Canyon’s average depth is one mile.
The Grand Canyon is not the deepest or longest canyon; however it is one of the most massive in size.
Because of the elevation at the North Rim, this area of the Grand Canyon can receive snow at anytime of the year. The first time I went in early June, it snowed on us.
The Grand Canyon took between 3 and 6 million years to form, and is still continually altered by erosion.
The Grand Canyon includes about 70 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 25 types of reptiles and five species of amphibians.
No one has ever found the bones of a reptile or their fossilized skeleton within the Grand Canyon.
The Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon is 1200 feet higher than the Southern Rim.
The Grand Canyon’s base is about a third of the earth’s age.
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