How old is the Grand Canyon? The Park Service won’t say.

Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

?In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology,? stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. ?It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is ?no comment.??

Yikes. Not surprising, however.

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  • come on brian. you know better. maybe you need to visit that museum down in cincy. you know, the one where adam is riding a dinosaur? sheesh, man. do at least a bit of reading before going all half cocked with this blogging thing.

    i mean, welcome back and all – but please do a bit more research before claiming the grand canyon is older than a few thousand years. my god man!

  • Blue

    It’s amazing to me how quickly the lefties have jumped on this bandwagon. All one really has to do is visit the NPS’s own OFFICIAL web site: http://www.nps.gov/grca/faqs.htm#old and do even rudimentary research.

    What you find is “Although rocks exposed in the walls of the canyon are geologically quite old, the Canyon itself is a fairly young feature. The oldest rocks at the canyon bottom are close to 2000 million years old. The Canyon itself – an erosional feature – has formed only in the past five or six million years.

    Now, don’t you feel stupid? You should. It’s rather amusing to see you lefties with all that egg on your face.

  • Brian

    Now, don?t you feel stupid?

    No, not so much. The real story is the fact that a book claiming that the Grand Canyon is just thousands, rather than millions, of years old is being sold at the park. From the article I linked in the story:

    In August 2003, Park Superintendent Joe Alston attempted to block the sale at park bookstores of Grand Canyon: A Different View by Tom Vail, a book claiming the Canyon developed on a biblical rather than an evolutionary time scale. NPS Headquarters, however, intervened and overruled Alston. To quiet the resulting furor, NPS Chief of Communications David Barna told reporters and members of Congress that there would be a high-level policy review of the issue.

    According to a recent NPS response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by PEER, no such review was ever requested, let alone conducted or completed.

    I’m not sure what else to say. Apparently scientific accuracy in materials found at a national park is a “leftie” value. So be it.

  • Astrid

    Every nation writes its own history…over the past decade the rightists (not “righties”) have been writing our collective history — that will not always be the case as we the course of our country changing back to a more leveled and moderate direction. Hopefully our children will have a more accurate picture of the past as well as the future.

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