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What is the largest canyon in the world?

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The overall largest canyon in the world is the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide at the widest points and averages a mile deep.

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The Grand Canyon is contained within a 1,904-square-mile park divided into a North Rim and a South Rim section. Visitors looking down from the rim of the canyon can see several buttes, spires and mesas. These formations are actually mountains that are over 2,000 feet tall.

Though the Grand Canyon is very deep, the Cotahusi Canyon in Peru is the deepest in the world, boasting a depth of over 2 miles.

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    Where is the Grand Canyon located?

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    The Grand Canyon is situated within the state of Arizona. It is approximately 280 miles long, spans up to 18 miles in width and reaches a maximum depth over 6,000 feet. The canyon comprises a portion of the Colorado River basin, which has formed over the past 40 million years.

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    How long did it take for the Grand Canyon to form?

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    The Grand Canyon is likely between 5 and 6 million years old, according to most geologists and scientists. However, some theorize that the Colorado River began forming the Canyon nearly 17 million years ago. The Canyon continues to form, due to the ongoing erosion that the Colorado River causes.

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    How deep is the Grand Canyon?

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    The Grand Canyon averages a depth of about 4,000 feet for its 277-mile length. At its deepest point, it is 6,000 feet deep. At its widest point, it is 18 miles across.

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    How big is the Grand Canyon?

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    The Grand Canyon is 1,904 square miles, or 1,218,375.54 acres. Another common standard for canyons is "river miles," indicating the length of the river which snakes along the bottom of the canyon; in this case, it is the Colorado River. By this standard, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long.

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