Sunday, 13 April 2008

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park is located in Arizona and is one of the United States' oldest national parks. Within the park lies the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, considered to be one of the major natural wonders of the world. The park covers 4927 km² and the Canyon is 446 kms long. The canyon was created by erosion caused by ice, water and wind. The rushing waters of the Colorado River were the key factor, although Continental drift also contributed to its formation. Over five million visitors admire this gift from nature every year. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area. This quotation shows his concern and love for the place:
“Do nothing to mar its grandeur, for the ages have been at work upon it and man cannot improve it. Keep it for your children, your children's children, and all who come after you."

Short reading and activity on the Grand Canyon National Park.
Extended reading and questions on the text.

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