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Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, exceptionally deep, steep-walled canyon in northwestern Arizona, excavated by the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon is about 446 km (about 277 mi) long, up to 29 km (18 mi) wide, and more than 1500 m (more than 5000 ft) deep. The entire canyon is extremely beautiful, containing towering buttes, mesas, and valleys within its main gorge. The Grand Canyon cuts steeply through an arid, sharply eroded plateau region. The plateau area has a general downward slope to the southwest and in its upper reaches is sparsely covered with such evergreens as internal linkjuniper and piñon. Parts of the northern rim of the canyon are forested. Vegetation in the depths of the valley consists principally of desert vegetation. The Grand Canyon has been sculpted in general by the downward cutting of the Colorado River, which flows through the canyon's lowest portions.

The Grand Canyon is of relatively recent geological origin; apparently the river began its work of erosion about six million years ago. Although the canyon itself is of comparatively recent origin, the rocks exposed in its walls are not. Most of the strata were originally deposited as marine sediment. In a typical section of the canyon, separate rock layers can be seen piled vertically like a stack of pancakes. At the bottom of the canyon are the most ancient rocks of all, Precambrian schists and gneisses, from half a billion to a billion years old.

The first Europeans to see the canyon were members of a group headed by the Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, which set out from New Spain (now Mexico) in 1540. Beginning about 1850, a series of expeditions commanded by officers of the United States Army surveyed the canyon and the surrounding area. The construction of the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona in 1963 dramatically reduced the natural internal linkflow of sand and nutrients down the Colorado River and into the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park, in northern Arizona, established as a national monument in 1908 and as a national park in 1919. The park, 4930.6 sq km (1903.7 sq mi) in area, contains the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River and includes the river's entire course from the southern end of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to the eastern boundary of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The great chasm is more than 1500 m (more than 5000 ft) deep. Paved roads wind around the Grand Canyon's rims, and trails descend into the canyon. The extreme variations in internal linkelevation from the depths of the canyon to the northern rim have produced four distinct zones of climate and plant life.



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I've been trying to track down any later info, but haven't had much luck. Interestingly,  the area below the North Rim has many internal linkEgyptian names. Around Ninety-four Mile Creek and Trinity Creek are geologic formations with names like Tower of Set, Tower of Ra, internal linkHorus Temple, internal linkOsiris Temple, and internal linkIsis Temple.  In the Haunted Canyon area are Cheops internal linkPyramid, the Buddha Cloister, Buddha Temple, Manu Temple and internal linkShiva Temple.  I've also heard that this part of the Canyon is off-limits to hikers because of "dangerous caves".  This is unverified.
State  archaeologist at the Grand Canyon insist that the early explorers had just  liked  Egyptian  and Hindu names,  but that it  was  true that this area was off limits  to  hikers  or  other visitors, "because of dangerous caves."

Indeed, this entire  area with the Egyptian and Hindu place names in the Grand Canyon is a forbidden zone  -  no one is allowed into this large area.   Today, this area is curiously off-limits to all hikers and even, in large part, park personnel.
 

Osiris Shiva
Great Pyramids of Giza


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The southwest's most intriguing natives, the internal linkHopi, have always claimed that their sipapu (place of emergence from the internal linkunderworld) is in the Grand Canyon.  They say their ancestors went underground to live with "the ant people" when the great flood wiped out the last world.  Later, they emerged through the sipapu to begin their lives and migrations in the present world.  The many circular internal linkkivas found in internal linkAnasazi ruins are said to be symbolic of this emergence, i.e. underground ceremonial chambers with a roof entrance/exit, still called the internal linksipapu.
  

Kivas Praying Mantra - art by Jim Koehnline


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