Wonderful masterpiece of our Mother Nature
Do you want to spend the best adventure of your life and you don’t know where to go? Do you want to spend majestic moments close to your partner, and you don’t know what destination to choose? Then think about the Grand Canyon which is the window of the Earth, the most wonderful masterpiece given by God to delight our souls and eyes with stunning landscapes. The panorama is absolutely astonishing, with marvelous places where to sit and just admire the unique creation of the Mother Nature. Grand Canyon is the ideal place for romantic couples, who can find a tranquil refuge, silence and peace, close to adventurous experiences here. The Grand Canyon is located in the southwestern part of the United States. It is one of the natural wonders of North America, which have a length of about 350 km and offers an impressive view to tourists. This miracle was created by the Colorado River, over 10 million years ago, and represents a stage scenery that consists of colored stones, attracting archaeologists, explorers and tourists who are overwhelmed by its singular configuration and its majestic colorful views given by its rocks. The dominating colors are bright red to burgundy, alternating with yellow, combined with brown, green and mauve.
The best moment to view the canyon is during the sunset, that reserves a wonderful scenery, a fabulous spectacle of colors. The Grand Canyon with its mile-high, multicolored rock walls, craggy cliffs and sandy slopes is the embodiment of nature’s awesome power. The first sensation when you get to see the canyon is startling and amazing, as if you were on another planet. There are harrowing feelings that you need some time to realize where you are, so you can find yourself. The Grand Canyon is the biggest canyon in the world, bordered by two mountain peaks, called North Rim and South Rim. The wonderful canyon is a special defile, with the Colorado River on its bottom, dug deep in its rocks. The Grand Canyon is housed in a huge, well-preserved national park , called the Grand Canyon National Park. The park includes several hotels, restaurants, gift shops and souvenir shops, a small museum, with maps, leaflets, and a lot of information about the history of the canyon. It was one of the first parks created in the United States, in 1919.
The geology of the Grand Canyon
No one knows for sure how this unique landscape and full of mystery was formed. The truth is that a large number of processes combined to create the views that we can admire today at the Grand Canyon. The most powerful force that influenced the formation of the canyon is the erosion, made by water and by wind. Other important forces that had a great impact on its formation are the course of the Colorado river itself, the volcanism, the continental drift, the slight variations in the orbit of the earth, which cause variations in seasons and climate. But the water seems to have the most powerful impact because our planet has a lot of water that is always moving. Many people cannot understand how water can have such a powerful force and impact, because actually the canyon is located in the desert. When it is raining the water tends to stream down in torrents, that only cause new impacts. The plants that grow in the canyon have very shallow root systems, so it makes them grab as much water as possible, in those rare occasions when it rains. Unfortunately these root systems do not help to avoid the erosion, when holding the soil in the same place. Nowadays there is a lot of water, no place for it to go, but down to the river of Colorado, and nothing holds the soil and the rocks together.
What is going on as a result is that frequently it creates a flash flood roaring down a side canyon that can move huge boulders, which have the size of automobiles, buses or even houses. That is why you have to be always informed about the weather conditions when you plan to hike through the side of canyons. Ice is another powerful force that causes erosion. During the winter months, especially in the North rim, the water steeps into cracks between rocks. These cracks can be caused by seismic activity, because when the water freezes it expands and pushes the rocks apart, in this way it widens the cracks. After this the rocks near the rim are pushed off the edge and fall down into the side canyons. On their way down ,the rocks can hit some other rocks, sometimes causing a cascading effect and forming a rock fall that will dramatically modify the landscape of the side canyon . The erosive action of the Colorado river strictly compelled by the building of the Glen Canyon Dam, which ended the annual spring floods. The river’s spring floods were carrying away all the debris which was deposited in the main channel by the flash floods.
Many people ask themselves “why the canyon looks like this?” The reason that it looks so isn’t because of the sequence in which the events help to form what happened. As we already know there was once a very tall chain of mountains that occupied the Grand Canyon in the area. Eventually, over the time the mountains were eroded and formed a level plain. The changes and the fluctuations of the climate caused the ocean to move in successive periods, thus depositing new rock layers everytime. The rock layers were deposited one on top of the other one, and over the time, in different periods the layers were eroded away or sometimes eroded completely.
The most popular attractions
Grand Canyon Skywalk
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is located at Grand Canyon west on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, and was officially opened to the public on March 28,2007. Here you can stand on a platform made only of glass. The Grand Canyon’s rim is 70 feet behind you. The other incredible side of it stands 3 miles in front of you. Then you are tempted to look down and admire, and you see, nothing, nothing but 2,000 feet of air between you and the gorgeous bottom of the huge canyon. Exciting sensations like this could be lived only in your dreams, but now the dreams and reality have melt into together at the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The platform is made in a U-shaped cantilevered glass walk jutting 70 feet past the rim of the canyon. It was David Jin’s dream, a businessman from Las Vegas, who took part in a Grand Canyon tour in 1996. With the help of Las Vegas design firm the creation of David Jin will be resistant enough to hold the weight of a dozen fully loaded 747’s and very resistant to wind up to 100mph. The Skywalk supposed to bring economic boost to the Indian Reservation. The Grand Canyon West is in development since 1988, and offers touring facilities, with no precedent elsewhere, including helicopter rides to the Colorado river, cowboy cookouts, horseback rides on the canyon rim. It offers unique experiences and exciting adventures. The visitor’s center of the Skywalk will offer private indoor facilities for meetings, weddings and other special events. Grand Canyon West is the only location throughout the entire canyon where the guests can have access to the river, and to water recreational activities, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon due to the helicopter tours. The facilities of the Skywalk include a 6,000 square foot visitor center made on three levels, underground, the first story, and the second story which will include a museum, a movie theater, VIP lounge, gift shop, many chic restaurants and bars, offering visitors a pleasant ambiance.
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
The Parashant National Monument borders the Grand Canyon National Park and covers over one million acres of public land. The remarkable area includes mountains, deep canyons, and an important portion of the Shivwits Plateau. Those deep and amazing canyons, beautiful mountains and lonely buttes are witnesses of geological power and provide marvelous colorful vistas. In this area the rock layers are relatively unobscured by vegetation, opening a very clear view of the geologic formation of the rocks, and over the history of Colorado Plateau. The veritable monument comprises four wild areas on the lower section of the Shivwits Plateau, which are an important watershed for the Colorado river and for the Grand Canyon as well. Beyond the fantastic geological resources the monument also features countless biological and historical values. The natural splendor of the Parashant Monument provides a sense of solitude for those who venture into its isolated and picturesque domain. This remote and unique area offers outdoor adventurer miles of unpaved and extremely rough roads, perfect for exciting experiences, where the tourists can enjoy watching the unique combination of the desert flora and the deep canyons with exposed formations of rocks. The vegetation ranges from the Mohave Desert sagebrush to ponderosa pine forest. Among the most interesting features of the national monument are prehistoric petroglyphs and caves. The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument lies on high ground, with elevation ranging from 370 meters at Grand Wash Bay to 2,447 meters at Mount Trumbull.
Grand Canyon Deer Farm Petting Zoo
Since 1969 the Deer Farm is a great place to bring your children to teach them about each animal so they could know how to interact with them. The farm is an excellent way to gain an up close understanding of animals brought from all the parts of the world. The main focus at this farm is definitely the deer, with fawns being born here every summer. But there is more to see and to understand when visiting the Deer Farm. Other animals that beautify the Zoo are the Goats, the buffalos, pigs, antelope, reindeer, axis deer, talking birds, wallabies, coatimundi, marmosets, friendly camels, two beautiful bizons, and a large variety of exotic birds. It is an ideal attraction that reserves interesting moments, surrounded by unique animals, that maybe you never heard about them. You can enjoy a memorable experience, admiring the lifestyle of the animals, and the friendly attitude of the workers, who are crazy about them, and take care of animals with pleasure.
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Live the most memorable moments of your life, experience one of the best attractions in Williams Arizona, the gateway to the Grand Canyon. The Bearizona Wildlife Park lets you enjoy and watch the animal wildlife from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Your adventurous experience will include admiring animals like black bears, American burros, big horn sheep, dall sheep, bison and other more remarkable animals. The park is a North American Wildlife Park that allows visitors to drive into the wilderness of the incredible territory. The mission of Bearizona is to promote conservation and preservation through safe, affordable and educational encounters with North American wildlife in a natural and original environment. Here you have a great opportunity to explore and find out more about the lifestyle of the animals who live in this part of the continent. This exciting experience will leave nice impressions, unforgettable memories and fantastic sites on you. They are worth to be visited.
Nice memories at the Grand Canyon
This lovely and magnificent area is really mysterious and miraculous, filled with amazing attractions that delight your eyes and soul. The atmosphere is fantastic, with overwhelming natural environment, adventurous landmarks that create an ambiance covered by a romantic air, charming every tourist. The spectacular scenery that opens in front of you is fabulous, colored stones, rugged cliffs, deep canyons, which are really unrepeatable sightseeing places.
By Eugenia Cvasov
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