Grand Canyon is Only 6,000 Years Old?

Warning: if you visited the Grand Canyon over the past three years and bought a book about the Grand Canyon at the bookstore called Grand Canyon: A Different Tale, there’s a good change you’re geologically challenged:


“In August 2003, Park Superintendent Joe Alston attempted to block the sale at park bookstores of Grand Canyon: A Different View by Tom Vail, a book claiming the Canyon developed on a biblical rather than an evolutionary time scale. NPS Headquarters, however, intervened and overruled Alston. To quiet the resulting furor, NPS Chief of Communications David Barna told reporters and members of Congress that there would be a high-level policy review of the issue.

According to a recent NPS response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by PEER, no such review was ever requested, let alone conducted or completed.”

We wouldn’t want to offend people ageologists (people who don’t believe is geology) by pulling book that supports their ageological opinions over facts, would we?

2 thoughts on “Grand Canyon is Only 6,000 Years Old?”

  1. As a former national park ranger, I was skeptial of PEER’s claims. After researching the matter, I found most of the claims to be wildly unsubstantiated and blatantly false.

    Also consider that the bookstore in question is operated by the Grand Canyon Association, a PRIVATE, non-profit organization, not the government. They also sell American Indian books with creation myths. The book in question is in the “inspirational” section.

    Don’t believe everything you read:

  2. Ranger X, as a former park ranger, would you agree that a ranger’s role is more scientific, while further up the NPS chain, things are more policy driven?

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there an approval process or what can be sold by vendors operating on national park land? For example, here is how a the Northwest Interpretive Association explains its mission:

    Northwest Interpretive Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Seattle, Washington and also licensed to operate in Oregon, Idaho, California, and Montana. We are a special kind of nonprofit called a “cooperating association,” a designation that was established by Congress in 1936 for organizations that operate in national parks for the purpose of assisting with the parks’ official interpretive and educational efforts.

    Or as AAPL explains it:

    The associations provide high-quality, agency-approved publications, maps, videos, theme-related merchandise, and educational programs to help visitors understand the sites’ natural and cultural significance.

    It sounds like Congress has the power to oversee what’s sold on park land to me.

    Have any news sources picked up on your reporting?

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