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John Wesley Powell said that geology "is the noblest of the sciences," because he understood its connection with every other discipline. Many of America's finest geologists made significant contributions after completing comprehensive studies on the Colorado Plateau; it is a very famous place.

Grove K. Gilbert, probably America's most respected geologist, noted that the study of most landscapes are very difficult, because they are covered by water, soil, plants, or even ice and snow. But not so for the Colorado Plateau! Probably no other landscape on earth has this much exposed bedrock.

Physical geology is what these men taught and it is a fascinating natural history which requires no special tools; just keen observation. For their story is about a landscape created and then destroyed; destroyed by the erosive power of a vigorous river. Who would ever think that such destruction could be so beautiful?

 

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