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Grandest of Canyons

Grandest of Canyons

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, April 30, 2016/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, sustainability, environment, adventure

           Grand Canyon 12-18-2009  (credit: astronaut Jeff Williams, International Space Station)

Orbiting the Earth in the international space station provides a unique vantage point to view the entirity of the Grand Canyon, one of the 'jewels in the crown of the US national park system. The orbital perspective offers added meaning to President Theodore Roosevelt's comment upon declaring the canyon a national monument under the 1906 Antiquities Act:

“let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it."

According to park service attendance records, the Grand Canyon is the second most visited national park in the United States, drawing 5.5 million visitors in 2015. It will celebrate its 100th anniversary of being upgraded from monument status to a national park in 2019. The National Park Service itself is celebrating its own centennial this year.

There are more "wonders of nature" still to be protected as monuments by a President's pen.



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