Chronicles the origins, history, and structure of the world's most famous gorges, from North America's Grand Canyon to western Australia's Windjana Gorge. This book also discusses tectonic activity, undersea canyons, liquid rock, and pinpoints scientific studies and modern-day ecological challenges.
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Origin of the Landform
The Grand Canyon
The Columbia River Gorge
The Three Gorges of the Yangtze River
Fish River Canyon
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