Monday, January 27, 2014

New study: Young Grand Canyon formed by integration of older paleo-canyons

The "fervently debated" age of Grand Canyon is a hot topic again today with advance online publication in Nature Geoscience of a paper by Karl Karstrom and colleagues, titled "Formation of the Grand Canyon 5 to 6 million years ago through integration of older palaeocanyons."

The authors say that "although parts of the canyon are old, we conclude that the integration of the Colorado River through older palaeocanyons carved the Grand Canyon, beginning 5–6 million years ago."  

You can listen to the NPR interview with the authors at

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