Glen Canyon, A Delicate Tribute To Time
Glen Canyon is made up of a rare combination of monumental rock formations and a delicate ecosystem of non-native endangered species.
Like any grand canyon, Glen Canyon owes its existence to the presence of water currents which, with millennial patience, have carved their way through the rocks and plateaus. In this case the great sculptor was the Colorado River that flows from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. This canyon stands out because it is home to one of the largest artificial lakes in the U.S.: Lake Powell, which took 17 years to fill up and during the rainy seasons floods out to merge with the river.
One of the main attractions at Glen Canyon is the so-called Horseshoe Bend, a curvature in the rocks in the shape of a horseshoe which funnels the wind onto a huge boulder in the middle of the lake. They say the wind blows so hard on that boulder that it lifts the red dust off the rocks, creating a red, swirling sandstorm. The delicate, almost hand-made looking pink and red lines on this canyon are so impeccable they seem to spell out the history of time, and which are only comparable to the geological sunsets of the Zion Canyon.
Due to the dam overflow in 1983, many species of plants and animals were driven to extinction, including the disappearance of important archeological sites. Needless to say, the impact on the ecosystem was enormous, and yet it came alive again only this time with non-native species (some of them exotic, others endangered) which took over the beautiful canyon. Today the site has an ever-delicate ecosystem that visitors should approach with care.
Glen Canyon is a mix of prehistoric history and modernity, an unusual place that, we should emphasize, owes its preservation to the respect with which visitors treat it. So if you decide to visit this majestic place, we invite you to take its delicate history into account.
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