Short Essay Questions Key
1. Explain what Fletcher states as the explanation for the formation of the Grand Canyon.
Fletcher says that millions of years ago, a dome rose in the path of the Colorado River. As the dome rose, the river cut into it and through adjustments over millions of years carved the canyon.
2. Briefly describe the event that sparked Fletcher's desire to travel through the Grand Canyon alone.
During a side trip with a friend, Fletcher made his first trip to the Canyon. As he stood at the Rim and and was struck with the timeless beauty and grand scale of the Canyon, he began to see things in a different perspective. After spending a whole day looking at and experiencing the Canyon, he got the idea to walk the length of the Canyon .
3. Describe the appearance of the Canyon as Fletcher describes it in "Chapter 2, The Dream."
Fletcher describes the appearance of the Canyon as a "layered, sawtooth pattern." He says the cliffs and terraces make a repeating pattern that is never repetitious. He describes the colors as a fusion of reds, whites, pinks and purples that stamp a pattern on everything.
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