The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.

— John Wesley Powell

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We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore.

What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls ride over the river, we know not. Ah, well! we may conjecture many things.

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You cannot see the Grand Canyon in one view, as if it were a changeless spectacle from which a curtain might be lifted, but to see it you have to toil from month to month through its labyrinths.

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The elements that unite to make the Grand Canyon the most sublime spectacle in nature are multifarious and exceedingly diverse.

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The landscape everywhere, away from the river, is of rock - cliffs of rock;

plateaus of rock; terraces of rock; crags of rock - ten thousand strangely carved forms.

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We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore.

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