A LIFETIME OF GEOLOGIC EDUCATION IN EARTHS GRANDEST CANYON
One method involves sharing aspects of the nearly 480-year-long Euro-American relationship with the canyon. In short, for 318 years the reaction to the canyon was exclusively negative. However, in 1857-58, John Strong Newberry became the first geologist to see the canyon and since then, near universal praise has come from a host of 19th through 21st century geologists, who continue to proclaim its world-class significance. Using the intersection of a strictly human story with aspects of the canyon’s geology can be a compelling way to make geologic concepts more readily grasped and internalized. In this Pardee Symposium talk, I will share parts of this Euro-American history at Grand Canyon and some of the historical ideas regarding the canyon’s formation. Attendees may also access these methods by reviewing my two books, “Carving Grand Canyon” and “Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau,” which are uniquely aimed at professionals and non-professionals alike. These two books are the direct result of a life-long passion for sharing the geology of the Grand Canyon with varied audiences.