The Grand Canyon Of Arizona: How To See It By George Wharton James

 -  It is more than two hundred miles long, from five to twelve miles
wide, and from five thousand to six - Page 6
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It Is More Than Two Hundred Miles Long, From Five To Twelve Miles Wide, And From Five Thousand To Six Thousand Feet Deep.

There are in the world valleys which are longer and a few which are deeper.

There are valleys flanked by summits loftier than the palisades of the Kaibab. Still the Grand Canyon is the sublimest thing on earth. It is so not alone by virtue of its magnitudes, but by virtue of the whole its tout ensemble."

What, then, is this Grand Canyon, for which its friends dare to make so large and bold a claim?

It is a portion - a very small portion - of the waterway of the Colorado River, and it is so named to differentiate it from the other canyons of the same river. The canyon system of the Colorado River is as vast in its extent as is the Grand Canyon in its quality of sublimity. For it consists of such a maze of canyons - the main canyons through which the river itself runs; the canyons through which its tributaries run; the numberless canyons tributary to the tributary canyons; the canyons within canyons, that, upon the word of no less an authority than Major Powell, I assert that if these canyons were placed end for end in a straight line they would reach over twenty thousand miles! Is it possible for the human mind to conceive a canyon system so vast that, if it were so placed, it would nearly belt the habitable globe?

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