A record of lots of things suddenly buried, including very large animals buried whole. This looks for all the world like a larger volume of water came through here and carved this thing out rapidly. Today, we see two beach lines from what used to be two large lakes near the Grand Canyon.
When water overflows a dam, the weakest point is instantly eroded. Thus, the Grand Canyon would have been formed quickly, supporting the creationist interpretation. The Bible, however, says that a flood covered the whole earth see Genesis This means we should find places where the water drained. The Grand Canyon is one of those places.
In other words, have no geology background besides I would recommend this book to help explain 'what you see' at the Grand Canyon. The author takes it back, to not only the evolution of the Grand Canyon over time, but interweaves the past scientists studies and thoughts regarding 'what really happened'! Some things were agreeable through tim I am a person that thinks I should be a geologist in my next lifetime. Some things were agreeable through time, some were not.
But I do know this MANY of the things I knew nothing about! There are some surprises in this book! I enjoyed the snippets of photos and diagrams that aided appropriately to the ideas of uplift, faults, and various tributaries. Certainly, the Tertiary time period was an exhausting one!
That is right-I have never seen the Grand Canyon and I need to change this fact! I will be referencing this book over the very short time I am on this Earth! Sep 22, D rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction. After hearing the author give an interview on the radio, I was intrigued enough to get the book.
It is a good read with a tremendous amount of information in this small copy. It did get a little deep when discussing the timeline of major events in the Grand Canyon area. I increased and corrected my knowledge of river erosion. Nov 02, Bonnie rated it really liked it. This is a short, colorful book that tries to explain complex geological concepts in a simple way that the general public can understand. What is amazing is that even though the Grand Canyon is one of the most studied - certainly one of the most viewed - areas of geologic interest, it is still one of the least understood.
Yes, the layers visible in the cliff walls have been dated and fairly well interpreted, but the carving process is not. The book explains possible processes such as headwater e This is a short, colorful book that tries to explain complex geological concepts in a simple way that the general public can understand.
The book explains possible processes such as headwater erosion, stream piracy, knickpoint erosion, and stream integration. But the gap in the geologic record from 30 and 16 million years ago leaves space for many varying interpretations and theories. Until new evidence comes to light, the creation of the Grand Canyon will continue to be a topic of debate and study by geologists. This book will help readers understand geologic processes and appreciate even more the wonders of the Grand Canyon. As to how it formed Feb 23, Erik rated it liked it Shelves: my-library. This book is an excellent history of the thoughts about the Grand Canyon formation.
If you want to learn the complexity of the formation of this amazing natural landscape, this book will teach you the building of ideas covering it. You can jump to the last chapter if you want to learn what the prevailing ideas of Grand Canyon origins are nowadays. I miss some more detailed maps with landscapes features mentioned in the text, though.
I bought mine at Grand Canyon Village and it was the best book This book is an excellent history of the thoughts about the Grand Canyon formation. I bought mine at Grand Canyon Village and it was the best book there. It lays out the history of exploration of the Grand Canyon and all the theories of how it and the Colorado River came to be. I was surprised to learn how many different ideas there are that are still being researched and debated about the formation of the canyon.
I would recommend this book to anyone who travels and photographs the Southwest. Jun 08, Douglas rated it really liked it.
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I think I am persuaded that the Grand Canyon is more mystery and theory since much of the evidence is, indeed, washed away. I should have noticed that the title was "Carving" and not depositing. I am still looking to more fully understand and appreciate how the layers that were "Carved" were deposited as it is the remaining carved layers that are the fascinating stage for a passage on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon.
Unless you are of a scientific bent or even already a geologist, I might recommend steering clear of this book. The rigor that it uses is extensive for a book with as many glossy and colorful pages as this one; it definitely is a conversation between rigorous scientific theories more than an introductory text.
But it is really well explained even if it goes rather deeply into ideas of geological evidence. Jul 30, Cathy Purchis rated it liked it.
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I hadn't realized the story of the Grand Canyon was that complicated. Written at a level that was accessible for someone who wasn't that good with geology. Jul 30, Joe rated it really liked it. This was a really neat collection of historical accounts and ideas of how the Grand Canyon was formed, with some great photos and diagrams to accompany it.
Though it's certainly fascinating, it's a pretty dense piece of work, and if you're not into geology to begin with, you might do well to have Google handy for a bit of the terminology. Oct 10, Marie rated it really liked it.
Very informative, surprisingly readable. Still easier to understand if you're a geologist but then you'd probably be bored. I give it a 4 star rating because i bet it's the best book on the subject, not because it's a great historical account or well-written piece of literature. May 23, Liz rated it liked it. Written by my Grand Canyon trail leader!
It was good, but a little too scientific for me.
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Jan 07, Jillian rated it really liked it. Interesting read on the geologic history of the Grand Canyon region. Sep 19, Rob the Obscure rated it liked it. Aug 21, Lisa rated it liked it. If you want to broaden your knowledge base, and are inclined to learn about the geography of a very beautiful landscape, this book is for you. Andrew rated it really liked it Feb 22, Ranger Ryan rated it really liked it Jan 26, Wayne rated it it was amazing Feb 27, Jason Chin rated it liked it Dec 01, Sandy rated it really liked it Jun 25, Bruce Cline rated it really liked it Mar 09, Vivian rated it really liked it Jun 17, Jon rated it really liked it Oct 16, Casey rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Cindy rated it it was amazing Jul 02, Cathryn rated it really liked it Apr 03, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
About Wayne Ranney. Wayne Ranney. Wayne Ranney is a geologist, author, and trail guide who loves to share his passion for geology and earth history with all who are curious about planet Earth. Wayne writes books, leads outdoor adventures, and teaches geology classes in Flagstaff, Arizona.
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