Unique Facts About the Grand Canyon
Though almost everyone has heard of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, few people know its history or some of the facts that make the Grand Canyon the unique monument to nature that it is. Discovered in 1540 by settlers, the Grand Canyon has long been a favorite visiting spot for people all over the United States, as well as the world. Millions of people travel by car or plane to Arizona each year to see for themselves this amazing masterpiece of nature.
Carved by the Colorado River, the majestic Grand Canyon spans about 270 miles, and is as deep as a mile in some spots. At the rim of the canyon, the rocks are estimated to be about 60 million years old; the estimated age of the rocks at the bottom of the canyon is over a billion years. Though this would probably lead people to believe that many fossils have been, or are still being found in the Grand Canyon, the truth is that no single fossilized bone has ever been found there. Fossilized marine invertebrates have been found there, as well as fossilized footprints of four legged animals, but no actual bones. This has puzzled scientists for years.
Some people may not know the different ways that visitors can travel around and through the Grand Canyon. Most are pleasantly surprised to find out that there are several ways, such as helicopter day or night tours, airplane tours, and river rafting tours through the canyon. Mule rides up and down the canyon are available; and for the more vigorous or adventurous people, you can always hike on the many trails throughout the canyon.
However you plan to travel to or through the Grand Canyon, it is probably safe to say that you will not be disappointed. Seeing a picture of the Grand Canyon or hearing about it from someone who has been there is not enough – it is something that you have to see for yourself.
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