|North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park|
There is no place on this planet like the Colorado Plateau. It's hard to find anyplace else on Earth where the crust remained relatively stable for upwards of a billion years, accumulating several miles of horizontal sediments, only to be lifted up rapidly in the last few million. The Colorado River and her tributaries then stripped away much of the sedimentary cover, and cut deep into the underlying metamorphic rocks. Those metamorphic rocks record a violent geologic history of colliding landmasses and mountain-building. The resulting landscape is one of the most beautiful places imaginable.
|Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park, Utah|
|Goosenecks of the San Juan River, Utah|
|Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado|
|Double Arch in Arches National Park in Utah|
|Canyonlands National Park, Utah|
For those of you who live in the Modesto region, we are having an organizational meeting on Monday, April 16 in Room 326 of the Science Community Center on the west campus of Modesto Junior College from 6:30-7:30 PM. If you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can contact me for details and handouts.
|Bryce Canyon National Park|