Grand Canyon becomes a fundamentalist apology
In one of the most bizarre moves yet, in a term of office characterised by bizarre moves, Bush appointees have now dictated that the park guides’ official position if asked about the age of the Grand Canyon is to be “no comment“, so as not to offend religious fundamentalists who believe it is only 4,500 years old.
In an apparent attempt to turn the national landmark into a facsimile of Kent Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land, Bush cronies at the NPS head office even blocked an attempt to remove a book on sale at the park that supposedly explained how the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s Flood. Park Superintendent Joe Alston attempted to block the sale of the book, was in turn blocked by the powers that be, and was then assured by NPS Chief of Communications David Barna that there would be a high level public review.
After three years and still no review, it took a Freedom of Information Act request to reveal that no such review was ever completed, conducted, or even requested. The book can still be purchased at the park.
Just in case you were wondering, features within the Grand Canyon and surrounding Colorado River basin range in age from about 2 million years old to about 2 billion years old.