Grand Canyon: An Interpretive Rim-to-River Guided Tour

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GRAND CANYON: An Interpretive Rim-to-River Guided Tour (Book I & II) is a factual and comprehensive text written in the guise of an educational tour de force. Providing all the relevant subject matter of the Grand Canyon (see below for a table of contents), this two-volume treatise is an expansion of another work I wrote and published: GRAND CANYON: A Rim-to-River Time Machine. The main difference between the two is the larger treatise takes the reader into the deep interior of the canyon. Thus, providing essential trail descriptions and information about some of the Grand Canyon’s numerous routes from the rim to the river.

For those who are not only interested reading and comprehending the many facets of the canyon’s process of creation but also hiking into the canyon, the Interpretive Rim-to-River Guided Tour’s subject matter is presented in an easy to read and comprehending writing style. Apart from the general information such as geology, natural and human history, the text also includes suggestions geared to recommended vistas along the rim, hotels, places to eat, among other miscellaneous and useful information to the visitor. More importantly, this text is based on interpretation. In other words, a style of learning that provides all the relevant facts. Given this modality of a higher standard of edification, this is what the National Park Service says about an interpretative manner of sharing information with visitors:

“Interpretation is driven by a philosophy that charges interpreters to help audiences care about park resources. Interpretation establishes the value of preserving park resources by helping people discover the meanings and significance associated with those resources. This competency requires interpreters at all levels to understand the core definition of interpretation, the professional standards for interpretation, the purpose of interpretation, how interpretation can be measured, and how successful interpretation works. These understandings continually evolve and increase in sophistication throughout an interpreter’s career.”

This declaration is precisely what this anthology text is all about. That said, there is a legion of books written about the Grand Canyon and this is another effort, but with a difference. Namely, an anthology, in the guise of an encyclopedia entails all the essentials (and then some). Like any encyclopedia, the reader chooses what to read or ignore. Thus, a focus on chapter and subject material that meets one’s interest.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • CANYON ESSENTIALS, Part I––The General Layout
    • Hike to Tributary 1 (page 7)
  • CANYON ESSENTIALS, Part II––Dimensions and Such
    • Hike to Tributary 2 (page 27)
  • CANYON ESSENTIALS, Part III––Essentials of Geology
    • Hike to Tributary 3 (page 35)
  • THE NATURE OF ROCKS
    • Hike to Tributary 4 (page 52)
  • THE AGE OF THE EARTH IN ROCK CHAPTERS
    • Hike to Tributary 5 (page 59)
  • GRADIENTS AND LIFE FORMS
    • Hike to Tributary 6 (page 61)
  • CANYON SOLEMINIZING
    • Hike to Tributary 7 (page 72)
  • THE COLORADO RIVER, Part I––All About Whitewater
    • Hike to Tributary 8 (page 77)
  • THE COLORADO RIVER, Part II––History’s Famous River Runners
    • Hike to Tributary 9 (page 99)
  • THE COLORADO RIVER, Part III––Notable Mile Posts
    • Hike to Tributary 10 (page 120)
  • CALL ME GRAND CANYON
    • Hike to Tributary 11 (page 155)
  • THE CLOCK OF TIME
    • Hike to Tributary 12 (page 165)
  • YESTERDAY AND TODAY, Part I––Ancient Canyon Dwellers
    • Hike to Tributary 13 (page 173)
  • YESTERDAY AND TODAY, Part II––The Conquistadors and the New Americans
    • Hike to Tributary 14 (page 198)
  • MAJOR POWELL, THE IMPERVIOUS EXPLORER––The Historical Perspective
    • Hike to Tributary 15 (page 216)
  • MAJOR POWELL, THE IMPERVIOUS EXPLORER––The Oarsmen
    • Hike to Tributary 16 (page 227)
  • MAJOR POWELL, THE IMPERVIOUS EXPLORER––To the Grand River
    • Hike to Tributary 17 (page 251)
  • MAJOR POWELL, THE IMPERVIOUS EXPLORER––The Canyons of the Colorado
    • Hike to Tributary 18 (page 277)
  • MAJOR POWELL, THE IMPERVIOUS EXPLORER––To the Grand Wash Cliffs
    • Hike to Tributary 19 (page 297)
  • HIKING TRAILS: South and North Rims
    • Hike to Tributary 20 (page 315)
  • HIKER LIST AND HIKER NOTES
    • Hike to Tributary 21 (page 326)
  • MORE CANYON ESSENTIALS, Part I––The Building Blocks Explained
    • Hike to Tributary 22 (page 341)
  • MORE CANYON ESSENTIALS, Part II––Where and How the Canyon Got its Start
    • Hike to Tributary 23 (page 355)
  • MORE CANYON ESSENTIALS, Part III––The Canyon Carver of the Plateau
    • Hike to Tributary 24 (page 360)
  • ROCKS––IT’S ALL ABOUT ROCKS AND GEOLOGY, Part I
    • Hike to Tributary 25 (page 368)
  • ROCKS––IT’S ALL ABOUT ROCKS AND GEOLOGY, Part II
    • Hike to Tributary 26 (page 380)
  • ROCKS––IT’S ALL ABOUT ROCKS AND GEOLOGY, Part III
    • Hike to Tributary 27 (page 389)
  • GENESIS AND ENIGMAS
    • Hike to Tributary 28 (page 406)
  • APPENDIX: A GEOLOGIC GLOSSARY
    • Hike to page 434
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BOOK II CONTINUES WITH THESE FOUR ADDENDA:

I) THE MOTHER LANDSCAPE: The Colorado Plateau

II) A GLEN CANYON-LAKE POWELL ABSTRACT: A Beneficial or Harmful Affair

IIII) MAJOR POWELL, THE EXPLORER: A Faux Pas Or A Critical Oversight?

IV) THE MINUTIAE OF THE GRAND CANYON’S ORIGINS & THEORIES

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GRAND CANYON: An Interpretive Rim-to-River Guided Tour’s replete account of what there is to see and know beyond the canyon’s beauty’s was exhaustively researched for accuracy, using a National Park Service heuristic teaching standard and based on an interpretive explanation.

As an option to cut down on printing costs, this textbook relies on the shorter BITLY URL’s references throughout the text. For those who have access to the Internet, one need only type in the standard 7-digit code that connects to Google’s images, graphics and illustrations. (Book I page count 451 pages; Book II 159 pages)

Sincerely,

Your personal Grand Canyon tour guide,

Richard Kerry Holtzin

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