The Grand Canyon: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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The Grand Canyon is a marvelous landmark that millions come to see each year. It is quite a mysterious beauty. Here are some facts about the place that many people don’t know. Stay tuned for the next part of the article, which is coming soon!

Number Fifteen: It’s Only Been Called The Grand Canyon in Recent Years

Despite, of course, existing for millions of years, it wasn’t only until recent years that it was called the Grand Canyon. It took a one-armed veteran named John Powell to venture the area to give it its new name in 1892. He was charting the river’s course at the time.

Number Fourteen: Pink Snakes Are Everywhere

Strangely enough, the snakes at the Grand Canyon are pink. They are colored just like the rocks on which they inhabit so that they can easily camouflage.

Number Thirteen: It’s Still a Mystery

Although scientists have decreed that the Grand Canyon is millions of years old, they still have not figured out how it was formed. From the data they have been able to collect so far, it is might be that the Colorado River broke from the canyon’s west side around five million years ago, but the rest is questionable.

Number Twelve: It’s Still Inhabited

Because of its appeal, many now think that the canyon itself only draws in crowds from around the world. While this is certainly the case, there are actually people who live there. These are the Havasupai Indians, who live in a village near the Havasu creek. It’s certainly beautiful.

Number Eleven: There Are No Dino Bones

People have a great fascination with dinosaurs, and because of this, many people have characterized The Grand Canyon with hosting dinosaur bones, but this is false. The canyon is way older than the time of the old giants, and instead are the home of other types of ancients, including trilobites.

Number Ten: The Grand Canyon Weather Is Crazy

When the Grand Canyon is depicted, it often shows onlookers its warm-looking climate. In contrast, the true weather of the area is quite drastic. The northern rim of the canyon is a lot higher than the southern one, and is, as a result, often subjected to lots of snow.

Number Nine: It’s a Graveyard of Sorts

In years past, quite a number of people who visit the park have been known to die. In total,  about 100 people have been recorded to have died. Considering that millions of visitors frequent it every year, this number seems low. This crazy landmass has so many interesting features. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

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