Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Looking at the South Rim

When you look at a photograph of the Grand Canyon, you naturally focus on the colorful cliffs in the Canyon. But look carefully at the horizon in this photo panorama looking south to the South Rim. Do you notice how straight the Rim actually is? Do you understand that what you are looking at is the Colorado Plateau at about 7000 feet above Sea level. This huge plateau is absolutely flat in the area of the South Rim. You can see the San Francisco Peaks of volcanic origin on the far horizon. Sometimes you need to look around in a photo to see what it really is trying to show you. As usual, you can see this image better by clicking on it.

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