A GRAND CANYON PRIMER: The Everything Facts Book explains the essentials in a mere eighty pages (not counting the addenda at the close of the book). With its wide range of topics, readers choose what subject matter to read. For instance, geology, including the major theories about the canyon’s process of creation, natural and human history; an abstract of the John Wesley Powell saga (notably, his 1869 Green and Colorado rivers expedition through the canyons of the Colorado Plateau); a description of South Rim common trails; and salient facts about the canyon’s dimensions and varying ecozones. Presented in three parts, the text is written in a forthright manner, and, therefore, avoids extraneous details and embellished writing. Providing readers with a factual narrative, the subject matter is based on an interpretative analysis.

(Interpretation is driven by a National Park Service standard and philosophy that charges interpreters to help audiences care about park resources so they might support the park's resources. Moreover, interpretation establishes the value of preserving these resources by helping visitors discover the meanings and significance associated with those resources. Given the subject matter of A Grand Canyon Primer, at the core of interpretation is a thorough explanation of knowledge geology, natural, and human history. Hence, learning the essentials beyond the compelling and panoramic view of the canyon.)
A Grand Canyon Primer is a compact traveler’s guidebook written for an exclusive market. Namely, exhaustively researched material for readers desiring a more detailed account of the Grand Canyon. From rocks to ravens and everything in between, the text covers all the proverbial bases. For those who have access to the Internet, the shorter Bitly URL’s are inserted throughout the text. Therefore, Google Images, graphics, and illustrations that will enhance the reading. Using such visual means also cuts down on printing costs. 

The intrinsic methodology of this primer issues from many years of teaching experience. For instance, an instructor with the Grand Canyon Field Institute (some 18 years), Northern Arizona University, and Yavapai College (the Elderhostel Program later renamed “Road Scholar”), and my ecotourism enterprise (Arizona Ed-Venture Tours that later morphed into Ecosouthwest). Combined, these backpacking classes and weekly hiking outings not only centered on the Grand Canyon but, also, the Colorado Plateau Province.

A Grand Canyon Primer will appeal to a wide-ranging audience due, in part, to its comprehensive and concise presentation that explains all the essentials in an academic, yet straightforward manner. 

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