Anatomy of the Grand Canyon: Panoramas of the Canyon's Geology
The experience of seeing the Grand Canyon is difficult to describe but impossible to forget. Some people are content to see the massive chasm from a viewpoint along the rim; others want to see it from end to end and understand the natural processes that shaped this one-of-a-kind spectacle. It is for the latter that this book has been prepared.
Anatomy of the Grand Canyon is not a geology textbook encumbered with language unintelligible to the average reader. Rather, it is a visual tour from the canyon’s rims, the Colorado River, and the air; from the beginning of the Grand Canyon at Lees Ferry, to its conclusion 277 miles downstream at the Grand Wash Cliffs. Though the panoramic photographs are magnificent, their higher purpose is to show important geologic information. Supported by text, diagrams, and maps that are easy to understand, these photographs tell an amazing story.
Author-photographer W. Kenneth Hamblin has packed a lifetime of geologic study into a volume that is at once inspiring and instructive, and has given the reader access to the Grand Canyon’s most intriguing secrets. For them, the thrill of discovery awaits.
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Geologic Map of the Grand Canyon
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basalt Bright Angel Shale canyon profile canyon rim canyon wall cascades cliffs and slopes Coconino Sandstone color Colorado River crust deposits East Kaibab monocline eroded back Esplanade Platform exposed extends feet Grand Canyon Supergroup Grand Wash Cliffs headward erosion Hermit Formation horizontal Paleozoic rocks Hurricane fault Inner Gorge Kaibab Formation Kaibab Plateau Kanab Creek lakes landforms landscape lava dams lava flows Lees Ferry Lipan Point Marble Canyon Marble Platform Maricopa Point mesas metamorphic rocks nonresistant North Rim panorama photograph Plateau section Point Imperial Powell Precambrian Redwall cliff Redwall Limestone region remnants river level river mile rock body rock formations rock layers sediment seen sequence of rocks Shivwits Plateau South Rim strata stream capture structure Supai Group surface Tapeats Sandstone terrace thick tilted Tonto Platform Toroweap Valley tributary canyons tributary streams Uinkaret Plateau Unconformity underlying uplift Vaseys Paradise vertical cliff volcanic Vulcans Throne western Grand Canyon Whitmore Wash