The Grand Canyon
An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture
by Randy Moore and Kara Felicia Witt
June 2018, 391pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-839-9
$94, 79€, A135
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-840-5
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How did the Grand Canyon—once described by an explorer as a worthless place that no one would ever again visit—become the most famous landscape in North America?

This single-volume encyclopedia examines the Grand Canyon in depth, from the native peoples who have survived there for centuries to the explorers who charted its vast expanses and to the challenges that Grand Canyon National Park faces.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most internationally recognized landscapes and symbols of nature in North America. In this one-volume encyclopedia, readers can dive into the many people, places, stories, and issues associated with the Grand Canyon as well as the scientific, religious, and social contexts of events that have made the Grand Canyon what it is.

At the front of the encyclopedia are thematic essays that examine the Grand Canyon’s history, geography, and culture. Essays cover topics including John Wesley Powell, to whom the Grand Canyon “belongs,” the Native Americans who live at the Grand Canyon, and the future of the Grand Canyon. Following the thematic essays are approximately 150 topical entries focusing on more specific aspects of the Grand Canyon, such as trails and camps, natural formations, and courageous heroes as well as shameless profiteers who have influenced the Grand Canyon’s history. The encyclopedia is rounded out by a chronology of human history at the Grand Canyon, a Grand Canyon “at a glance” section, and multiple fact-based sidebars. Through the people, places, and stories explored in this work, readers will gain a better understanding of how the history of the Grand Canyon is relevant to the world today.


  • Includes a chronology of important events in the history of the Grand Canyon, helping readers to hone in on key events that occurred during its history
  • Offers a Grand Canyon "at a glance" section that allows readers key statistics about the park
  • Provides an appendix that gives readers the chance to explore "firsts" in the history of the Grand Canyon as well as to plot the GPS coordinates of major sites at the national park
  • Features photos from the authors' personal research travels that illuminate the text in such a style as to be different than tour books and trail guides
Randy Moore, PhD, is H.T. Morse Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. He has published several books, including ABC-CLIO's Dinosaurs by the Decade, Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy, and Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science. He is a member of several professional societies at the Grand Canyon (e.g., Grand Canyon Historical Society) and has won a variety of awards from organizations such as the National Association of Biology Teachers and the National Center for Science Education.

Kara Felicia Witt, PhD, is a psychologist, researcher, writer, and Grand Canyon enthusiast who has visited and studied the Grand Canyon for many years. She has worked at virtually all parts of Grand Canyon, ranging from Supai and Phantom Ranch to sites along both rims. This is Kara's first published book.


"Written for junior high students through college undergrads, this volume is a fine addition to any reference collection with a biology, geology, nature, or national parks section."—Library Journal, October 1, 2018

"Moore and Witt have written a fascinating physical and cultural geography of the Grand Canyon. . . . Students of the Southwest will find this work essential; it is an excellent case study of the geography of a specific region. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels."—Choice, November 1, 2018

"The reader can open the book at any point and be intrigued. . . . Every library will find this book useful."—ARBA, September 15, 2018

2018 Top Community College Resource—Choice, 00/00/00
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