The Grand Canyon


THE GRAND CANYON
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it’s not hard to see why. The Grand Canyon is approximately one mile deep, 277 miles long, and ranges in width from half a mile wide at the point where it is the narrowest to eighteen miles wide at its widest point. It’s a common belief that the Grand Canyon was once part of a mountain range that was larger than the Himalayas. It has never really been known or confirmed how this awesome part of nature has formed but it was most likely the erosion caused by the Colorado River, starting about 1.7 billion years ago. The Canyon is thought to be divided into layers because as the river rises and falls, it layers against the rock that stay there for all time.

The Grand Canyon climate is very unpredictable. While it’s snowing at the uppermost part of the canyon, it could be as high as eighty degrees Fahrenheit at the bottom. Once it rains and water seeps into the cracks of the rock, it expands and causes the rocks to split, crack, and break and this is why there are many landslides within the canyon. The rocks from the landslides then fall into the river and are carried out into the ocean.

However, even with the unpredictable weather, there is much plant life within the Grand Canyon. Among those are the agave plant, sage brush, golden columbine, ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, gambel oak, cliff rose, fern brush, mountain mahogany, hedgehog cactus, and Utah juniper. Although the climate is too harsh and holds such varying degrees, most plants would not be able to survive life in the Grand Canyon. However, these plants have adapted to life in the canyon.

Many animals also call the Grand Canyon their home. In fact, there are a total of sixty-seven different mammals alone in the Grand Canyon. These include bighorn sheep, bobcats, mule deer, albert squirrels, coyotes, and mountain lions. There are also many rock squirrels that have become adapted to the many forms of human life constantly coming to visit the Canyon and they now feel comfortable enough to beg for food, although feeding any of the wildlife is illegal. Because the Colorado River is also set within the Grand Canyon, there are also many different types of fish in the river. Besides mammals and fish, there are also many reptiles and amphibians, including twenty-four different species of snakes.

The Grand Canyon is in Arizona and offers visitors a truly spectacular site! There are many options when visiting the Grand Canyon including touring by bus, airplane, helicopter, and train. You can also choose an overnight visit or a day-trip and choose which side of the Canyon you most want to see! 


The Grand Canyon


The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

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