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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Listed under Canyons in Mountain States, United States.

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The Black Canyon environment is different to most of America's other canyon regions. The rock the canyon has been carved out of is hard and crystaline, black volcanic shist, making for steeper, narrower walls and ragged rocks on the canyon's floor. As well as the walls being dark in colour the canyon is deeper, in several places, than it is long, and at one point only 12 metres across, so the walls and the bottom are always covered in shadow.

Once more than 48 miles long the canyon has been damed several times to create artificial lakes perfect for water-sports.

Official Black Canyon of the Gunnison Website.

Written by  Andy Kinght.

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