Geology is all around us, scarcely thought of as we go about our lives. Yet, it affects everything we do as a civilization, as a society and as individuals. While barely appearing to change from day to day, it works to alter the course of evolution. Preserving a record of creatures and landscapes both ancient and forgotten, the story of our past is written in stone and waiting to be read. I offer a view of how I see our world and its inhabitants, both past and present, as seen through my lens.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Memorable Places Here and There on the Colorado Plateau: The Granite Gorge of the Grand Canyon
Sometimes one photo says it all.
Clear Creek Trail ascends abruptly from Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The trail guides you through a series of switchbacks and climbs almost a thousand feet before leveling off. As it skirts around rocky corners of the Tonto Platform, it traces the undulating line of the Great Unconformity between the half-billion year old Tapeats Sandstone and the nearly two billion year old Vishnu Schist.
You’re following an enigmatic billion year gap in time along the contour of ancient islands that projected out from the Panthalassic sea. Incredible views of the Colorado River abound as it slices through the Granite Gorge far below.
Eventually, you reach the lofty perch where this photo was taken. You must to sit down. It’s the best seat in the house. All you hear is the warm hum of the wind and the faint murmur of the rapids far below. You never want to leave, and you never will, for it will always be with you.