How Was the Grand Canyon Formed?

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How do you make a Grand Canyon?

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I was in Arizona recently for Phoenix Comic-Con, and had the amazing pleasure of seeing one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders… the Grand Canyon. More than a mile deep, and several miles across, it just defies belief. But I couldn’t help but think, the Colorado River down at the bottom isn’t that big. How did it cut a canyon so massive? How old is the Grand Canyon?

Here’s its story

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44 COMMENTS

  1. WOW don't listen to these morons. Anyone can see that it was caused by a massive flood! the rocks aren't billions of years!!! They are lying to us. The earth is only around 6000 years old and anyone who says otherwise is either misinformed or an Idiot.

  2. wait, but what i took in school about what formed it was the asteroid that killed the dinasours

  3. Wait hold up. You mean a lot of north America was covered in ocean? There were no cars and fossil fuels and cow farts polluting the atmosphere and the sea level rose anyway?

  4. Nice fantasy. Any time someone starts off with "1 billion years ago" i.e. 'a long time ago in a land far away', you can be sure it's a fairy tale.

  5. Ill give simple proofs that this canyon is man made by the diamond minings that we were never told of, just look far away up at the natural straight line of the mountain a.k.a ground behind this guy way, way back back to, it is so straight and that it means that canyon was once flat ground and high just like where he was talking from and even more proof is that those edge lines are so perfect and well rounded that were done by some digging machines, to get a proof that why they were done by machines, ask yourself why does almost the whole shapes, structures and the overall desing of these mountains looks so perfect because look throughout the whole end of the mountains, they are so perfectly dug in the same patterns almost every where you look.

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