Happy Trails.

Finbarr Reilly

Joined March 2009

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This image was from our trip to the USA. 08.

Here i captured a pack of mule trekkers coming up the steep trail from the Grand Canyon floor,
heres a little history of
The Grand Canyon:

The canyon was created by the Colorado River over a 5.4 million year period. The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km) (6000 feet).1 Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. The "canyon began in the west, followed by another that formed in the east. Eventually, the two broke through and met as a single majestic rent in the earth, more commonly referred to as the “Grand Canyon Event” approximately 5.4 million years ago. […] The merger apparently occurred where the river today bends to the west, in the area known as the Kaibab Arch."2 The major form of the canyon was created by this event. The Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to the point we see it as today.3

Before European immigration, the area was inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon (“Ongtupqa” in Hopi language) a holy site and made pilgrimages to it.4 The first European known to have viewed the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas from Spain, who arrived in 1540.

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