Grand Canyon Parallel Layers

The strata over an area apparently greater in extent than ten-thousand square miles have an overwhelming characteristic of "flat gap" parallel boundaries between the layers in and far beyond the Grand Canyon. Such "paraconformities", as they are called, generally lack evidence of erosion. And to the extent that the boundaries are parallel, they not only lack evidence of erosion, but they also lack uneven deposition of sediments, even over thousands of square miles! In this way, these flat gaps call into question the claim that these sediments were deposited over a 250-million year period! In our RSR Grand Canyon series, see more about this problem (at rsr.org/gc2) and its solution (i.e., liquefaction, beginning at 25 minutes into rsr.org/gc4.)

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers

Grand Canyon parallel layers
Grand Canyon, 2017, Bob Enyart on field trip with Walt Brown

* Want More? See thousands of more photos showing the "flat gap" parallel lines of the conforming strata with their missing erosion and lack of uneven deposits which make up a characteristic feature of the layers of the Grand Canyon region!

* SAME STORY, AROUND THE WORLD: First, from Devil's Kitchen, Tasmania...

Devil's Kitchen, Tasmania in the South Pacific
Then from Honeycomb Buttes, Wyoming...

See the same flat gaps parallel strata all around the world, including here in the Honeycomb Buttes in Wyoming

Then from Powder River Basin, Wyoming:

Parallel strata from Powder River Basin, WY; used by permission

And next from the Badlands, South Dakota:

 Badlands, South Dakota, by Jason Troyer 3/25/20 for rsr.org
And from Carbon, Utah: (or see this in higher resolution)

Knife-edge flat gap parallel strata including coal seams in Carbon, Utah. Royce Bair, Used by permission.

* Elsewhere? Like in Galicia Spain, Hunstanton Cliffs UK, Salta Argentina, Balkhash District, Kazakhstan, Porthkerry Wales, Haystack Butte, Montana, and a thousand other places? Just click here. Then for a different perspective, of course unbroken gently-curved strata provides additional evidence of rapid deposition, as shown in this RSR collection of photographs from around the world of curved, folded, and more flat-gap strata.

* URL Shortcut: The shortcut for this page showing parallel strata is rsr.org/ps.