Different views of the Grand Canyon
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 84, Issue 38, pages 384–385, 23 September 2003
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2003), Different views of the Grand Canyon, Eos Trans. AGU, 84(38), 384–385, doi:10.1029/2003EO380005.(
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
Each year the spectacular scenery of the Grand Canyon of Arizona awes its more than 4,000,000 visitors. Just as its enormous scale dwarfs our human sense of space, its geology also dwarfs our human sense of time. Perhaps here, more than anywhere else on the planet, we can experience a sense of “Deep Time.” The colorful rocks exposed in the vertical walls of the canyon display a span of 1.8 billion years of Earth's history [Beus and Morales, 2003]. But wait! There is a different view! According to Vail , this time span is only 6,000 years and the Grand Canyon and its rocks are a record of the Biblical 6 days of creation and Noah's flood. During a visit to Grand Canyon, in August 2003, I learned that Vail's book, Grand Canyon: A Different View, is being sold within the National Park.