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The Grand Canyon
Creation by Tectonic Movement

by Arthur "Art" Ryan

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A friend of mine once asked me how I thought the Grand Canyon was formed. We discussed the possibility that river erosion as the accepted cause was the reason. We both disagreed with that dogma.

He had a problem with the idea of the amount of flowing water that would have been required when you look at the size of the gap. My problem with river erosion was not the amount of water; but, its velocity that would have had to be maintained. Both arguments were valid. However, an alternative for the canyon’s formation was missing. I now believe I have formulated an answer.

My theory is verifiable given the resources. These resources are beyond my economic means. It will require grants and donations that my qualifications do not command. Hopefully, someone will take on the task and check my idea.

Before we talk about my theory, let’s look at the problems that seem to me to be obvious with river erosion creating the Grand Canyon.

First, my friend was right. The amount of water to cut the canyon would be incalculable because we would not know the average depth of the river. Let’s suffice it to say that it is “a lot”. So, where did this water come from?

Even glacial melt would have its limits. The melt would only be able to provide a set amount of water. Then through some sort of repetitive process, all of the water would have to be concentrated on one path. Water following fluid dynamics will travel the path of least resistance. So, the trail that this river followed would have to be the lowest elevation possible on average on the way to the sea. This is not true today. There are spots that, when connected by fluid resistance measurements, would have given the water from the melt an easier path to the ocean. A number of existing rivers are proof of that.

Now that other rivers have been mentioned, how come they have not also created canyons on that scale?

My argument against river erosion dealt with velocity. The speed at which the water would have to travel on its entire trip to the sea would have been very fast. Note: I said the entire trip. Anywhere that the water slowed down it would have released some of the debris that it was dragging along. As this debris settled to the bottom, it would start to create a dam. To overcome the damming effect, the water would need to find another path or build a lake, that it eventually would have to spill over. This spill over would be a widening similar to the mouth of any other river. Proof of ancient lakes and the actual lakes do not exist.

As proof of what I am saying, I offer that the Mississippi River needs to be continually dredged in order to keep it open to shipping traffic. Without human intervention Ole Miss would widen, shallow out, and thus, slow to a crawl. The more it slows, the more likely a lake would form. These types of regions are called “deltas’ to describe the effect.

Now let’s look at both of these arguments against river erosion together. The large amount of water in a slow (normal flow) river would be greatly compounded. A pipe carrying water at one foot per minute may transport 10 gallons; yet, that same pipe moving water at 3 feet per minute will carry 45 to 50 gallons. The amount of water to defeat the combined arguments becomes insurmountable in my mind. Where did it come from and where is it now?

So, what process could create the Grand Canyon?

Let’s look to plate tectonics and the movement of them. The earth’s crust is floating on magma in large pieces. Each piece is referred to as a plate. We most commonly see them as land masses, even though many continents and ocean/sea regions are made up of multiple plates.

Where two plates push upwards against each other, mountain ranges are formed. With that in mind, the reverse process would happen if two plates pulled away from each other. You would now have a canyon on a grand sale. I propose that is what has happened and is continuing to happen.

I further believe that the reason we do not see an opening with molten lava showing is that these plates, relatively freely moving, have a subterranean plate under them. This plate now has a river of normal size running generally north to south on top of it.

So, now the strata layers exposed on the walls of the canyon with sharp, jagged edges would not need vast amounts of water and erosion to explain the canyon’s existence. The lack of water marks on the canyon walls would be self-evident. In short, in that region, the land mass is growing.

This theory is easily tested using seismographs and GPS devices. By positioning them at various spots around the canyon’s rim, we could monitor for movement. We would answer the question of how the Grand Canyon was formed. These tests might also be merited in the area where the Alaska/Russia land-bridge was supposedly connected and on Iceland where there is the appearance of a mini canyon forming.

Further, information on the subject can be found by reading  Are We Worth Our Salt? available online through www.lulu.com and www.amazon.com or by ordering at your local Barnes and Noble store.

Copyright by Art Ryan
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About the Author

Arthur “Art” Ryan is an independent researcher and author, who is a full-time employee supporting a major railroad and a small business owner of a process engineering consulting company, that enjoys all manner of things science. He is a baseball and football fan, who values his privacy and therefore writes under a pseudonym.

His book concerning Earth Changes is called “Are We Worth Our Salt?” which can be purchased through Lulu by visiting http://stores.lulu.com/arthurryan or Amazon and may be procured at you local Barnes and Noble store.

Art accepts constructive criticism about his ideas and welcomes evidence that support or dispute his thoughts. Questions and comments can be addressed to Art through his official website www.sciencedoubts.com

At his site, Art has opened a controlled, closed forum where intellectuals, professionals, academics, and aspiring amateurs can express their thoughts, findings, and alternate theories under pseudonyms; thereby avoiding possible damage to their careers or loss of existing funding. This site is to be driven by its users and will grow to fit the need. Those interested in writing on Science Doubt are invited to review the “Outstanding Questions” and “News Articles” sections for topic ideas or to contact the editor about your own.


Are We Worth Our Salt?

Have you ever wondered what is behind some of the World's mysteries? Do you ponder Earth changes and natural climate swings? If so, this is a book for you. Addressed herein is a primary thought that when first published by another author "electrified" Albert Einstein.
Yet, a cause for the theory was not previously given. This book will show the process steps needed to bring it to culmination. A cause and effect approach will be brought into play to solve this dramatic puzzle. Our Civilization is on the line and it requires your assistance to save it. Are you up to the challenge?

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