Item description for Your Guide to the Grand Canyon: A Different Perspective: True North Series (True North) by Tom Vail, Mike Oard & John Hergenrather...
Overview Exploring the Grand Canyon is a one-of-a-kind adventure. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the most amazing features on the face of the planet. The size and majesty of the Canyon is overwhelming, regardless of how many times you have viewed it, how many trails you have hiked, or how many river miles you have traveled. It is also a mystery!
Most will agree that the Grand Canyon was carved by water. But how and when is where the mystery lies. Was it formed slowly over millions of years or quickly in a catastrophic event? This debate falls into two camps, which hold to vastly divergent worldviews. This True North Guide examines the geological and ecological evidence and lets you decide which of those worldviews is best supported by the data.
Contains 26 fold-out pages with maps, special overlook features, and more! Discover the Canyon?s wildlife, vegetation, fossils, geology, and history! Most visitors to Grand Canyon simply visit the rim overlooks, wishing they had a geologist standing with them to point out and explain what they see. This book is even better than that, because it also includes details of the ecology and history of the Canyon, and you can take it home with you as an ongoing reference, and a wonderful souvenir of your visit. And there is nothing else like it available. Beautifully and thoroughly illustrated with clear and easy-to-read, logical explanations of how the Canyon and its layers formed, it is a must-have companion to everyone?s Grand Canyon visit.
Better still, the authors provide an alternative explanation to the traditional claims that the layers in the Canyon walls and the Canyon carved into them took millions of years of snail-paced geologic processes to form. Instead, they convincingly demonstrate that the evidence indicates that these layers were rapidly deposited in a global flood, and the Canyon was catastrophically carved by its retreating waters. I wholeheartedly endorse this Canyon guide and can?t recommend it highly enough. Read it and you will broaden your understanding of the Canyon and enjoy your Canyon visit more.
Dr. Andrew Snelling, Geologist
5 ½ x 8 ½ ? Spiral Casebound &bul; 124 pages
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Studio: Master Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
Series True North
ISBN 0890515018 ISBN13 9780890515013
Availability 0 units.
More About Tom Vail, Mike Oard & John Hergenrather
After managing a computer center for a Fortune 500 company for 13 years. Tom Vail took a different road in life in 1980 when he began guiding rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. He and his wife, Paula, now operate Canyon Ministries which offers Christ-centered voyages through the canyon.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Your Guide to the Grand Canyon (True North Series)?
Your guide to the Grand Canyon Jan 17, 2010
received in excellent condition and in a timely manner. it's going to come in handy the next time we go to the Grand Canyon. Very informitive.
Grand Canyon - a Different Perspective Oct 15, 2009
Excellent tour guide telling the truth of how the Grand Canyon was formed - a massive flood a few thousand years ago, not a trickle of water called the Colorado River over eons. We used it everywhere we went on the South Rim. The text is very informative and the pictures are great. We had people asking to see it. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Grand Canyon Mar 27, 2009
I love this little book. It has lots of photos and tidbits that made me want to go to the Grand Canyon right now. I loved reading about the train ride, the trail rides and the ancient peoples. I loved seeing pictures of unusual animals and plants.
I shared this book with my dad and he immediately schedules a trip with my niece and nephew based on the information in this pocket guide book. One of our family traits is to travel and explore the world. Based on the information in Your Guide to the Grand Canyon, I think I'd need several days to a week there!
But in addition to those interesting touristy things, Your Guide to the Grand Canyon does give a different perspective. It teaches in simple terms how the Grand Canyon was formed. None of that zillions of years mumbo jumbo that you can't wrap your mind around. Nope. Simple, matter-of-fact scientific detail that is actually fun to read that makes sense.
I like the fold out pages with trail maps, flight overviews and answers to questions on the outside page. What a great way to educate your kids! The little hardback book creates a natural curiosity akin to Trivial Pursuit or one of those game shows where the guest answers simple questions that build to more difficult. One surprise question: Which animal is the most dangerous in the Grand Canyon? (Not telling, you have to get the book to find out.) ;-)
It's small enough to take along on the visit too. Hmm, how soon can I go?
Grand Nonsense! Feb 11, 2009
This is co-author (and Grand Canyon river guide) Tom Vail's latest guidebook to the Grand Canyon, with a biblical Creationist perspective. [The other co-authors are a retired meteorologist, and two tour leaders for Creation Encounters Ministries]
Like Tom's earlier "Grand Canyon A Different View," this is a beautifully illustrated book, full of biblical quotations, tourist information, historical pictures, etc.
It's also a good example of Creationist literature: biblical literalism masquerading as modern geological science.
The Creationist scenario, briefly, is as follows: rocks in the Grand Canyon below the Great Unconformity, including the Grand Canyon Series, are pre-flood. Then about 4,500 years ago, Noah's flood covered the globe, burying all the rocks below the Great Unconformity in a single episode of "continuous deposition;" as the flood receded (or shortly thereafter, while the sediments were still soft) a mile of overburden was removed, leaving the "essentially flat" surface at the top of the Kaibab Limestone, and the Grand Canyon was carved "catastrophically" - either as the flood receded, or shortly thereafter when some ponded lakes breached their dams (made of presumably still unconsolidated sediments.).
They don't seem to sell this book at the South Rim bookstores, but there is a chance someone might show up on a trip with a copy under the (mistaken) impression that it's a reasonable guide to geological interpretation of what you see in the Grand Canyon. It's not: it is full of half-truths, exaggerations, blatant contradictions, and even outright lies.
I'll take up this last thing first. Under the heading "How was the Grand Canyon Formed?" (p.142) we find the following: "Despite an increase in knowledge of its geology, evolutionary geologists have been unable to explain the Canyon." (followed by three footnotes...)
The only problem is that all three of the footnotes refer to ENTIRE BOOKS about the explanations of the Grand Canyon made by geologists - the three books - two written for laymen, the third of more interest to specialists.
It's true there are a variety of different hypotheses about the details. This book itself proudly announces that even Creationists have more than one hypothesis.
But in ALL of the scenarios mentioned in the three references cited, geologists agree that the canyon was carved by the Colorado River, over a period at least few orders of magnitude longer that allowed under the Creationist world view. Geologists also agree that the rocks above the Great Unconformity were deposited over a period longer than 500 million years, rather than in a global flood event lasting less than a single year, some 4,500 years ago..
And then there is the often-repeated assertion that the contacts between individual sedimentary layers show little or no signs of erosion and are, in fact, "flat as a pancake" (the phrase is used several times). According to the authors, this is a clear sign of rapid, flood-based erosion, rather than a possible consequence of the long-term processes of deposition and erosion envisioned by conventional geologists.
This critical assertion (no references, however) appears over and over, throughout the text, and it has a few problems: most of these "essentially flat" contact surfaces occur in the midst of a period of "continuous deposition" [in the Creationist view] - and consequently can't be erosional surfaces; several "erosional remnants" - Red Butte and Cedar Mesa are mentioned more than once - contradict the idea that flood-based erosion produces contact surfaces "flat as a pancake" (the authors even mention at one point that Red Butte rises 950' above the surrounding countryside); river guides (and others) frequently view - and point out - river channels carved in the top of the Muav Limestone, filled with the Temple Butte formation, and many of us have also seen similar channels at the top of the Redwall Limestone, filled with the Surprise Canyon Formation. And (most seriously) the authors propose that the carving of the canyon is, itself, a "catastrophic" flood-related erosional event.
In the words of this book, flood erosion produces surfaces that are "essentially flat" or "flat as a pancake" (even when the floods are depositing material) - unless, of course, they feature "erosional remnants" nearly a thousand feet high, or "channels"- one of which looks like (and actually is) the Grand Canyon.
These "essentially flat" contacts between Grand Canyon rock layers that mentioned in the text are contradicted by their own illustrations, which show the channel filling Temple Butte and Surprise Canyon formations.
Other examples of muddled thinking are abundant: here's another outstanding example.
Over and over, Creationists make reference to a "global" flood. But the bible itself uses the term "earth" [no caps, in my version], which has somewhat different meanings than "globe."
It's not at all obvious that the concept of "globe" even existed when the book of Genesis was written. The conception of the "Earth"(notice the caps!) as a "globe" (or planet) appeared around the time of Columbus, Galileo, or perhaps Magellan - not thousands of years earlier, to the ancient Hebrews.
Also, we're told that "At the end of this worldwide flood, the waters ran off the earth and then gathered in the basins that form the great oceans of today" - but if the flood covered the entire planet, where could the water have run off to?
I could continue, but I'll stop here.
As mentioned at the start, this is a beautiful book - but it's muddled thinking, not science. If you want to learn about geology and the Grand Canyon, there's lots of good choices - but this is not one of them!
A must for any with a strong interest in Arizona's treasure Feb 8, 2009
"Your Guide to the Grand Canyon: A Different Perspective" relates the long and storied history of one of the biggest natural attractions in the world. Also examining the scientific and potentially religious matter of the Grand Canyon's origins, "Your Guide to the Grand Canyon" is filled with full color photographs, quick facts, and intellectual discussion. "Your Guide to the Grand Canyon" is a must for any with a strong interest in Arizona's treasure.