Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Things to do in Cuyahoga Valley

There’s a heavenly spot right in between Akon and Cleveland in Northeast Ohio, which to the wandering eye, might appear peculiar in its charm. It is a rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River that has been justly reclaimed to ensure its preservation. It started off as the Cuyahoga Valley Recreational Area in 1974 and in 2000, America deemed it fit to be included in its list of highly treasured national parks. 

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There are many exciting things to do in this fabled valley. The most popular activity features the freedom of trailing on mountain bikes. There is so much to see around, and yet the forest charm invites one to stay in each pit stop even just for a few minutes. Biking is the perfect enabler for the thrill of seeing the park’s plentiful animals that have colonized the forest nooks, which also include some of the most awesome waterfalls in America. 

Roughing it in the outdoors has never been more thrilling, and it’s twice the charm when one decides to let go of all technological devices and explore the vicinity the way the native Indians used to do. Canal ways are found in the park, and this is the perfect venue to go on an exploratory quest. 

The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail is an 85 mile stretch of path that is sure to treat bikers and hikers with all the surrounding wildlife and other cultural gems. In some cases, exploring on horseback is also permitted, giving one the exact perspective that many horse-riding native Americans used to have ages ago. 

Many other things can be done in Cuyahoga, as the nature lover’s imagination is the only limit to what makes this memorable experience worthy of being included one’s bucket list.  

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Shaping Up: The Geologic Formation Of The Grand Canyon

There is nothing in the world like the Grand Canyon. Its formation, encompassing 277 miles, with a width of 18 miles and depth of about a mile, has captivated tourists, geologists, and just about anyone.

In 1919, the Grand Canyon was officially designated a national park, which in turn inspired a successful conservation movement.
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However, despite its popularity, how the canyon was formed is anyone’s guess. Extensive geologic studies have been undertaken since 1858, and these have led to widely accepted theories on the geologic formation of the canyon.

A study of the approximately 40 major exposed sedimentary rock layers pegs the age range of the canyon between 200 million to around two billion years old. This would mean that the canyon and its rock layers were being shaped during the Proterozoic eon, well before complex life started to proliferate on Earth.
But the question that remains is which powerful impact was able to erode the rocks sufficiently to fashion the current formation of the canyon.

Scientific analyses point to water as the primary vector for the erosions. Millions of years of water flow, augmented by other forces, such as wind, volcanism, continental drift, and shift in seasons and climates, have made the Grand Canyon what it is today.
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