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This model is HUGE at 9.8"x12", a fitting way to display The Grand Canyon!
The Grand Canyon
: Tsékooh Hatsoh
: Gran Cañón
) is a steep-sided canyon
carved by the Colorado River
in the state of Arizona
in the United States. It is contained within and managed by Grand Canyon National Park
, the Kaibab National Forest
, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
, the Hualapai
Tribal Nation, the Havasupai
people and the Navajo Nation
. President Theodore Roosevelt
was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters).
Nearly two billion years of 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
While some aspects about the history of incision of the canyon are debated by geologists,
several recent studies support the hypothesis that the Colorado River established its course through the area about 5 to 6 million years ago.
Since that time, the Colorado River has driven the down-cutting of the tributaries and retreat of the cliffs, simultaneously deepening and widening the canyon.For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans
, who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people
considered the Grand Canyon a holy site, and made pilgrimages to it.
The first European known to have viewed the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas
from Spain, who arrived in 1540.
The model is created at a scale of 1:150,000 with a vertical exaggeration of 2.5x. It features a built-in base, so it sits perfectly on a desk or in a frame.
Model Data Sources:
USGS (Elevation) and USDA (Imagery)