Millions of people visit the Grand Canyon every year to view the majestic vista and brave its depths. Most people do not know however, that new estimates put the age of the Grand Canyon at over 50 million years old, which is more than 10 times it’s previously thought age. While the weather can be hit or miss, people flock to visit one of the seven wonders of the world. Fossils of many types are found in the formations, and has been home to many a creature, including man, for eons.
- Weather in the vicinity of the Grand Canyon is highly variable due to the fact that the terrain and the shape of the natural formation effects air circulation and heat dispersal.
- The Canon’s lower elevations are the hottest and are often the site of flash floods and thunderstorms.
- Between the natural park’s two rims the Southern Rim is the more attractive one to visitors, with a mere 10% opting to visit the Northern.
“Up until 2012, scientists thought the Grand Canyon — which has rocks as old as 1.84 billion years — was 5 million to 6 million years old.”