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canyon

, cañon
a gorge or ravine, esp in North America, usually formed by the down-cutting of a river in a dry area where there is insufficient rainfall to erode the sides of the valley

canyon

See Mars, surface features; valley, lunar.

Canyon

 

a deep river valley with very steep, often perpendicular, walls and a narrow floor, usually completely occupied by theriverbed. One of the largest canyons in the world is the GrandCanyon of the Colorado River in the USA (length, over 320 km;depth, to 1, 800 m).

canyon

[′kan·yən]
(geography)
A chasm, gorge, or ravine cut in the surface of the earth by running water; the sides are steep and form cliffs.
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Both are trapped with two uninjured people in a remote area in the Yarlung Tsangpo River Canyon nature reserve, the official said.
Queeda Mantle Walker, a former rodeo queen, was born in 1933 in the Yampa River Canyon of Colorado and lived a life close to nature until she graduated from the University of Colorado in 1954.
Sustainable development in areas with supply constraints will be a particular focus of the River Canyon joint venture.
Rewilding can begin right away, says Donlan, though that doesn't mean that he'll soon drive into the Colorado River Canyon with a truck full of cheetahs and pop the tailgate.
In this romantic historical tale set in 1893 Oregon, Laila Mitchell comes West in search of her grandparents, and befriends a woman who's headed to a housekeeping position on a ranch in the remote Snake River Canyon.
It's a 21st-century version of The Great Egg Race, in which British and American scientists have 48 hours to design, build and fly their own craft, containing an egg, across the vast Fish River Canyon in Namibia.
1933); "Aspens, Dawn, Autumn, Dolores River Canyon, Colorado" (1937); "The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming" (1942); and a rare image of Boulder Dam (1941).
Through his leadership, the Little River Canyon National Preserve was created in 1992, the Dugger Mountain Wilderness in 1999 and the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge in 2002.
The scenery is spectacular, with Blyde River Canyon a highlight of the trip.
The examination took place during the last week of April in a remote part of the Dolores River Canyon between Montrose and Grand Junction.
Otter, beaver, deer, Roosevelt elk, black bear, cougars, osprey, bald eagles, blue herons, kingfishers and wild turkeys all flourish in the river canyon.