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Canyons of the Colorado

John Wesley Powell

Book Overview: 

John Wesley Powell was a pioneer American explorer, ethnologist, and geologist in the 19th Century. In 1869 he set out to explore the Colorado and the Grand Canyon. He gathered nine men, four boats and food for ten months and set out from Green River, Wyoming, on May 24. Passing through dangerous rapids, the group passed down the Green River to its confluence with the Colorado River (then also known as the Grand River upriver from the junction), near present-day Moab, Utah.

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. . .ese lavas did not, however, come to the surface, but as they rose they lifted the sandstones, shales, and limestones, to a thickness of 2,000 or 3,000 feet or more, into great domes. Then the molten lavas cooled in great lenses of mountain magnitude, with the

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sedimentary rocks domed above them. Then the clouds gathered over these domes and wept, and their tears were gathered in brooks, and the brooks carved canyons down the sides of the domes; and now in these deep clefts the structure of the mountains is revealed. The lenses of volcanic rocks by which the domes were upheaved are known as "laccolites," i. e., rock lakes.

Looking southwestward from the Henry Mountains the Circle Cliffs are seen. A great escarpment, several thousand feet in height and 70 or 80 miles in length, faces the mountain. It is . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I often find myself in despair over three things: (1) that I shall never again view Breaking Bad with fresh eyes; (2) the discovery of an empty milk carton after pouring a bowl of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs; and (3) that there is no part of the world left to discover and explore.

There are very...more

If you are interested in the geology, ethnology, and exploration of the American West you'll enjoy this book by the one-armed civil war veteran John Wesley Powell. What I found particularly amazing was JWP's detailed geologic explanations in the first few sections. It shows what a memory the guy...more

Pretty great. The whole thing is good... as an adventure story, as history, as a look at the geography and people of the Grand Canyon and environs circa 1870. The last chapter, ostensibly on the geology of the Grand Canyon, but also a poetic reminiscence by a one-armed Civil War veteran about the...more

The Chasm of the Colorado (1873-74)
by Thomas Moran
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Page 328 (my book)

Years later I visited the same spot with my friend Thomas Moran. From this world of wonder he selected a section which was the most interesting to him and painted it. That painting, known...more

I read this because I was planning a trip down the Colorado, and it was worth reading to learn about Wesley's expedition - his was the first group of "white" people to explore this territory and it was such a dangerous trip. So for those planning to do the Grand Canyon, I recommend it.

But his wr...more

This book, published in 1875, is the travel journal of John Wesley Powell, a professor of geology at a small college in Illinois. It tells his story of two trips through the canyons of Colorado River in the 1860s and 1870s. It is no literary masterpiece but Powell does rise to feats of descriptiv...more

I'm only reviewing it as an audiobook. The story was very interesting but I couldn't get past the terrible narration. Unfortunate because it's a great story.

While reading this epic adventure, you are forced to remind yourself that John Wesley Powell had lost his right arm at the Battle of Shiloh. You have to keep reminding yourself, because I believe that he only references the fact once or twice, as he's scrabbling up sheer rock faces, and frantical...more

There is a reason this book is classic of natural history.

I didn't think I was going to like it though. This book was written under a direct order from congress that threatened to pull JW Powell's funding if he did not write a book detailing for the general public the history of this historic tri...more

One armed Civil War veteran and geographer/scientist/anthropologist floats the heretofore unexplored and unmapped canyons of the Colorado/Green Rivers on wooden boats in 1869. There is adventure galore here, although it is sometimes understated: canyons roaring with spring runoff, the mammoth rap...more

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