the grand canyon is not 6,000 years old

According to a December 28 press release by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility:

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.'”…

[This comes via ATTYTOOD.]

If you’re interested in the origins of this debate over the Grand Canyon, check out this 2004 post of mine.

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4 Comments

  1. egpenet
    Posted December 30, 2006 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    The Great Flood of the Bible was caused by a tsunami which God sent directly into the fertile cresceent to drown bad people. The flood itself was caused by a Piute indian maid who was milking her cow in Colorado and who left the water running in the teepee. Shows how God uses normal everyday events to make things happen His way.

  2. Dr. Cherry
    Posted December 31, 2006 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    All this time I thought the gods of the Anisazi built the grand canyon (who are of course aliens).

  3. dorothy
    Posted December 31, 2006 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    a happy new year to all of you!!!
    i was always under the impression that the grand canyon was the result of paul bunyan peeing after a drinking binge.

  4. egpenet
    Posted January 1, 2007 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Upstream from the Anasazi, the Utes and Piutes weree always leaving the water on, water being plebntiful on their said of the Continental Divide. Dowstream, the Anasazi (not unlike us in Ypsi who have to drink Ann Arbor’s waste water) were watching their beasutiful riverfront landscape eroded and running out at Yuma (which means: “Where is it now?”) into the Sea of Cortez (which hadn’t yet been named the Sea of Cortez.) It is this water that God in His wisdom directed around the tip of South America and into the Atlantic, and then into the Mediterranean and directly against Palestine’s coast that caused the Great Flood in the Bible. Hence, no traces of the Anasazi in Colorado and Arizona … and no rocks on the beaches of Gaza.

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