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Best Views of the Grand Canyon

Scientists still don't entirely comprehend the 1.5 billion year history of the Grand Canyon; it's a story of erosion that has created one of the most breathtaking sites in America.


Conversation Club

  1. The Grand Canyon is described in this video as a giant chasm, bigger than anything on the North American continent. What is a “chasm?” Had you heard this term before? Were there other words in this video that were new to you?
  2. This video describes early European settlers to the USA being astonished by the Grand Canyon’s enormous scale. What other geological features in the United States or elsewhere can you think of that would have similarly amazed early explorers who first stumbled upon them?
  3. This video describes the incredible amount to time that it took to form the Grand Canyon as we see it today. How long was that timeframe and what kind of rock comprises the oldest layer of the Canyon?
  4. Over long periods of time, layer upon layer of sedimentary rock was laid down across the Arizona plateau. Then something carved through the plateau, eroding the rock and creating the Grand Canyon. What was it? Where else in the world has a similar processes occurred?
  5. Erosion is one way a landscape can be changed over time. What are some others? Can you think of specific examples? What are some human-made ways that landscapes are altered?
  6. Names of some of the Grand Canyon’s great landmarks are shared in this video, including Temple Butte. Used here, the word “butte” means an isolated hill with steep sides and a relatively flat top. What other names for buttes or hills can you think of, in English or in another language?
  7. In this video we see one lookout spot where many cars are parked and people have walked to look out over the rim of the Canyon. Many tourists from all over the world travel to see the Grand Canyon. Have you ever traveled to see, or stopped to look at, a natural wonder? What was it?
  8. If you could travel anywhere in the USA where would you choose to go? Why?

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