Around the World: Grand Canyon

Sunset, south rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Sunset, south rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Adam Jones Danita Delimont Photography/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: ddpphotos336567

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!

View of the canyon from the South Rim.

View of the canyon from the South Rim. Peter Silva/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumaphotos575598

The Grand Canyon consists of one million acres of land.

A beautiful slot canyon has been carved over the eons by DEER CREEK - GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA

A beautiful slot canyon has been carved over the eons by DEER CREEK - GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA. Craig Lovell Stock Connection USA/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: scusphotos021932

The Grand Canyon was named a national park in 1919, eleven years after it became a national monument.

Visitors ride mules along the Kaibab trail in Grand Canyon National park.

Visitors ride mules along the Kaibab trail in Grand Canyon National park. Marianna Day Massey/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumaphotos784373

The Grand Canyon’s average depth is one mile.

The Watch Tower at Desert View, at the Eastern end of the South Rim.

The Watch Tower at Desert View, at the Eastern end of the South Rim. Peter Silva/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumaphotos575608

The Grand Canyon is not the deepest or longest canyon; however it is one of the most massive in size.

Backpackers on the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon take a break above the inner canyon and the Colorado River.

Backpackers on the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon take a break above the inner canyon and the Colorado River. Jim West/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumalive155532

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.

Royal Arch, the largest natural arch in the Grand Canyon.

Royal Arch, the largest natural arch in the Grand Canyon. Jim West/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumaphotos883977

The Grand Canyon took between 3 and 6 million years to form, and is still continually altered by erosion.

Backpacking off trail on the Royal Arch route.

Backpacking off trail on the Royal Arch route. Jim West/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumaphotos883969

The Grand Canyon includes about 70 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 25 types of reptiles and five species of amphibians.

Feb 01, 2008 - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA - Early morning sunlight strikes Isis Temple in the Grand Canyon

Feb 01, 2008 - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA - Early morning sunlight strikes Isis Temple in the Grand Canyon. ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumaltwo219314

No one has ever found the bones of a reptile or their fossilized skeleton within the Grand Canyon.

Water pool reflecting canyon walls in Blacktail Canyon, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Water pool reflecting canyon walls in Blacktail Canyon, Grand Canyon, Arizona. David Ponton / Design Pics/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: depmicrostock000292

The Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon is 1200 feet higher than the Southern Rim.

Sunset along Deset View, seen from Lipan Point.

Sunset along Deset View, seen from Lipan Point. Peter Silva/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumaphotos575619

The Grand Canyon’s base is about a third of the earth’s age.

Backpacking through Elves Chasm in the Grand Canyon.

Backpacking through Elves Chasm in the Grand Canyon. Jim West/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumaphotos883981

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