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 Post subject: WEIRD SCIENCE: PARK SERVICE WON'T ESTIMATE AGE OF GRAND CAN
PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:12 am 
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This may be one of the more bizarre stories we've seen (h/t Daily Kos) recently, which is saying a lot. Your federal government is apparently unwilling to investigate whether or not the Grand Canyon was created by the Biblical flood of Noah just 6,000 years ago. This is from a non-profit group of government scientists and related employees called Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER:

Washington, DC — 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.’

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READ MORE OF THIS BIZARRE STORY HERE

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And all this time I was certain that god Disney had Paul Bunyan making it dragging his axe with Babe as the plow oxen.

One myth is as good as the next to this government and its sheeple! I prefer that it was made more recently than 4444 years, 10 months, 3 days at 0837 (GMT) minutes ago, (and counting) to have happened recently- fits into the mold of ignorance they would have us tred when we walk the annals of histories rewrites. Doesn't matter if its true or not.

Hail to the victor- May his stories ring true!

P.S. sheeple- one look at the grand canyon should convince people that not even god could create something this beautiful. Time and nature are all our gods really are.

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Time and nature are all our gods really are.


TRUE! That would make a great signature, DO.g's! :D

When I was teaching, one of the things my students loved to do was study different land formations and, of course, the Canyon was one of them. They were fascinated by the geological aspects of this natural wonder, including its age and how it was formed. We would incorporate literature during our study, with Brighty of the Grand Canyon being one of the favorites. I'm so glad I'm no longer teaching....I'd never go along with teaching religious nonsense in place of scientific evidence to my students.

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Well known for its geologic significance, the Grand Canyon is one of the most studied geologic landscapes in the world. It offers an excellent record of three of the four eras of geological time, a rich and diverse fossil record, a vast array of geologic features and rock types, and numerous caves containing extensive and significant geological, paleontological, archeological and biological resources. It is considered one of the finest examples of arid-land erosion in the world. The Canyon, incised by the Colorado River, is immense, averaging 4,000 feet deep for its entire 277 miles. It is 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point and 15 miles at its widest. However, the significance of Grand Canyon is not limited to its geology.

The Park contains several major ecosystems. Its great biological diversity can be attributed to the presence of five of the seven life zones and three of the four desert types in North America. The five life zones represented are the Lower Sonoran, Upper Sonoran, Transition, Canadian, and Hudsonian. This is equivalent to traveling from Mexico to Canada. The Park also serves as an ecological refuge, with relatively undisturbed remnants of dwindling ecosystems (such as boreal forest and desert riparian communities). It is home to numerous rare, endemic (found only at Grand Canyon), and specially protected (threatened/endangered) plant and animal species. Over 1,500 plant, 355 bird, 89 mammalian, 47 reptile, 9 amphibian, and 17 fish species are found in the park.


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You'll also note that at the link, one is asked to "support YOUR park." The religious fundies are trying to make the Grand Canyon THEIR park, but my tax dollars aren't marked with a cross or any other religious symbol. Nor are those tax dollars paid into the US government by US citizens who are Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and lots of other non-Christian people. Since a portion of those tax dollars are going to the NPS, as well as the tax dollars of the Christians, I don't see how it's fair that one religion can force its doctrines onto the NPS.

Perhaps its just not been challenged? :?

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