The Grand Canyon
Did you know...?
The Grand Canyon covers 1,218,375 square miles and is larger
than the state of Rhode Island.
Colorado River flows through the canyon in NW Arizona, and
this river began to form the canyon 6 million years ago.
Parts of the canyon are 1 mile deep and 18 miles wide.
John Wesley Powell led the first river expedition in 1869
and named the Grand Canyon.
This national park was established in 1919.
In 1974, Congress passed legislature that nearly doubled
the size of the park.
There are 38 hiking trails that cover 400 miles.
There are 300 species of birds and 120 other kinds of animals
in the park.
Temperatures at the bottom of the canyon may be 25°
F higher than at the top of the canyon.
Photo found: www.eas.asu.edu/~sadowsky/
Information found: World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago: 1992