Digging Into the Geology of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most important, interesting, and awe-inspiring examples of the Southwest’s unique geology. For over a hundred years, it has captivated tourists, prospectors, and geologists alike. In the 1850s, Dr. John Strong Newberry started studying the geology of the Grand Canyon and the investigation has continued ever since, continually providing us with new information and insights about the Earth’s past.

Ready to build a solid foundation of geological knowledge ahead of your visit to the Grand Canyon? Let’s dig in.

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6 Iconic Grand Canyon Buildings Designed by Mary Colter

The Grand Canyon’s South Rim is peppered with unique and visionary structures designed by pioneering architect Mary Colter.

Mary Colter was part of a small handful of female architects working in the early 20th century. In fact, census data indicates that there were only 22 female architects in the United States when Mary Colter graduated from the California School of Design (now the San Francisco Art Institute) and began her apprenticeship at a local architectural firm!

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