Grand Canyon

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Body Found at Grand Canyon Likely That of Missing Woman

Diana Zacarias was reported missing back in April

(Newser) - Authorities believe they've found the body of a woman who disappeared nearly four months ago at the Grand Canyon, the AP reports. According to the Arizona Republic , the family of Diana Zacarias, a 22-year-old from Louisiana, reported her missing April 3. She was last seen at the Grand Canyon'... More »

Woman Lets Hiker Pass at Grand Canyon, Falls to Death

Colleen Burns' death came hours after she posted image of herself at canyon's edge

(Newser) - The last photo Colleen Burns posted to Instagram shows her sitting at the edge of the Grand Canyon. "That view tho," she captioned it. Hours later, the 35-year-old fell 400 feet to her death when she slipped off a ledge Friday morning. Park officials announced her death Monday,... More »

10 Best Places to Visit in the US

Grand Canyon, Maui top the list

(Newser) - Planning your summer vacation? US News & World Report has compiled a list of the top vacation spots in the US, based on thousands of votes. There's something for everyone, from nature lovers to beachgoers. Here's the top 10: More »

Women Confront Ugly Realities in America's Most Beautiful Places

Sexual harassment and worse inside the country's park services

(Newser) - The Huffington Post has a harrowing look at the "troubling history of hostility toward women" within the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and state parks and wildlife departments. That history, which continues to this day, includes rape jokes, up-skirt photos, threats of sexual assault, and revenge against any... More »

Vast Find Made in Unknown Region of Antarctica

We know more about the surface of Mars than the bed of Antarctica

(Newser) - For more than 50 years, scientists from across the globe have been painstakingly mapping both poles, trying to get an accurate sense of the rock hidden beneath the ice sheets. Now, thanks to satellite data from multiple organizations and "serendipitous reconnaissance radio-echo sounding data" over the canyons of Antarctica,... More »

Cameras Launched Into Space Reveal Footage, 2 Years Later

Footage thought lost was finally recovered on desert floor

(Newser) - Incredible GoPro footage from a camera that fell from the sky two years ago was finally discovered in the desert and recently made its way to the people who recorded it, Fox News reports. The strange story comes out of Tuba City, Arizona, where a group of friends rigged a... More »

Hiker Dead After Grand Canyon Fall

Nevada man fell off trail on the South Rim, second park fatality this year

(Newser) - The body of a Nevada man who fell about 400 feet off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park to his death was recovered yesterday. Juan Carreras-Soto, 29, of Las Vegas, was visiting the park with his family on Thursday when he fell from the rim trail east of... More »

10 Most Endangered Rivers in US

Colorado tops the list from 'American Rivers' group

(Newser) - The Colorado River earns the unwanted distinction of being the most endangered river in the US this year, according to the nonprofit American Rivers organization. Its new report cites a number of risks to the river running through the Grand Canyon, including a huge development proposal —complete with restaurant,... More »

Utah Hunter Kills Famed 'Grand Canyon' Gray Wolf

Hunter said he thought endangered gray wolf was a coyote

(Newser) - Hundred of miles from its Wyoming home, "914F" wandered to the rocky North Rim of the Grand Canyon last fall—the first gray wolf spotted there in 70 years, the Arizona Republic notes—before heading into Utah, likely searching for food or a mate. But in December, the wolf'... More »

Missing Hiker Said He Had to Be 'Back With Mother Earth'

Drake Kramer, 21, last seen at Grand Canyon National Park

(Newser) - It's been a week since 21-year-old San Antonio native Drake Kramer was spotted at the Bright Angel Lodge on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Last Monday, the avid hiker and aspiring geologist texted his father that he was at the Grand Canyon and "... More »

Rare Sight: Grand Canyon Fills With Clouds

Warm air forces clouds down into canyon in rare inversion

(Newser) - Yesterday's visitors to the Grand Canyon missed seeing its great depths, but perhaps witnessed something even more awe-inspiring. Due to a rare weather event known as a total cloud inversion, the canyon filled nearly to the brim with a sea of clouds—a result of warm air forcing clouds... More »

70-Year First? Gray Wolf Spotted in Grand Canyon

Conservationists trying to confirm multiple sightings

(Newser) - There's a new visitor roaming the Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim, and it's not exactly the fanny-pack-wearing/Nikon-toting variety: As National Geographic reports, wildlife officials are scrambling to confirm multiple sightings of a "wolf-like animal" that's believed to be a gray wolf—if it is,... More »

Herd of Hybrid Bison on Rampage in Grand Canyon

Officials trying to figure out what to do about it

(Newser) - There's a menace on the loose in the Grand Canyon, and it is very large, and very hairy. A herd of between 350 and 450 hybrid bison are running amok in the area, federal and state park officials revealed at a news conference yesterday, announcing a series of public... More »

Man Falls to His Death at Grand Canyon

Texas man fell 350 feet while visiting family

(Newser) - A trip to the Grand Canyon ended in heartbreak over the weekend: Park officials confirmed a Texas man fell to his death while visiting with his family. John N. Anderson fell off the rim of the canyon, plunging nearly 350 feet Saturday morning. When rescuers found Anderson, they performed CPR,... More »

70M Years Old? No, Grand Canyon Mostly Just a Kid

Much of it is just 5M years old, geologists find

(Newser) - The Grand Canyon is nowhere near the grand old age of 70 million years that earlier studies claimed, according to new research. "The Colorado River found a path and carved the entire canyon 5 (million) to 6 million years ago," says a geologist who used data measuring the... More »

Even Deeper 'Grand Canyon' Found Under Antarctic Ice

It's almost 2 miles at its deepest

(Newser) - It looks like the Grand Canyon has some pretty stiff competition near both poles. In August, scientists announced they had found a Greenland canyon that dwarfs the famed one in Arizona. Now, researchers have repeated the feat—and then some—in the Antarctic. Phys.Org reports that a group of... More »

Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon to Reopen

Mount Rushmore, too, as states work around shutdown

(Newser) - Even as Congress and the White House are still dickering over the shutdown, some of the nation's most high-profile tourist locales will reopen for business. The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore will welcome tourists again because their respective states have agreed to pay for the... More »

Sneaky Grand Canyon Hikers Headed to US Court

They tried to get around the shutdown

(Newser) - Determined hikers trying to get into the Grand Canyon despite the government shutdown will end up in federal court for their trouble. Park rangers—the remaining few who haven't been furloughed—have issued 21 citations to people found inside the national park despite its closure, reports the AP . All... More »

Scientists Accidentally Discover Even Grander Canyon

In Greenland, but no one's ever seen it

(Newser) - Scientists have—totally by accident—come across a hidden canyon that dwarfs the Grand one, the BBC reports. The researchers were using radar to map out Greenland's bedrock when they stumbled upon the 2,625-foot deep feature, which, at 500 miles, is longer than the Grand Canyon's 277... More »

Couple Killed by Lightning Were on Honeymoon

20-year-olds from Thailand were at Grand Canyon

(Newser) - A sad detail from a lightning strike last week that killed a couple at the Grand Canyon—they were young honeymooners, reports the Arizona Republic . Aram Kawewong and Ratchaya Tantranon, both 20, had recently married in Thailand and had come to the US for their honeymoon, the woman's American... More »

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