Grand Canyon Primer: The What, How, When, Where, & Why Story

Grand Canyon Primer: The What, How, When, Where, & Why Story

by Richard Kerry Holtzin


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Abstract: This factual and informative text explains all the essentials in a mere 142 pages. With its wide range of topics, readers pick and choose what to read and learn: geology, including the main theories about the canyon's process of creation, natural and human history, an abstract of the John Wesley Powell saga, a description of South Rim trails, and details about the canyon's dimensions and varying ecozones. Presented in three parts, the text is written in a forthright manner, whose literary style avoids extraneous details and embellished writing. Thus, providing readers with a factual narrative, whose subject matter is entirely based on an interpretative analysis.

In view of the numerous books about the Grand Canyon, why compose another text? This compact primer is a traveler's guidebook written for an exclusive market. Namely, exhaustively researched material for readers desiring a more detailed account of the Grand Canyon, from rocks to ravens and everything in between. For those who have access to the Internet, inserted Bitly URL's throughout the text, Google Images, graphics and illustrations enhance the reading. Using such visual means also cuts down on printing costs. (Of course, I would be amenable to having some stock photographs, graphics, and illustrations.)

The intrinsic methodology of this primer issues from many years of teaching experience. For instance, an instructor with the Grand Canyon Field Institute (some 18 years), Northern Arizona University and Yavapai College (the Elderhostel Program later renamed "Road Scholar"), and my ecotourism enterprise (Arizona Ed-Venture Tours that later morphed into Ecosouthwest). Combined, these backpacking classes and weekly outings not only centered on the Grand Canyon, but the Colorado Plateau Province. The consequence of these educational excursions based on Interpretive information has transformed into this literary compilation. Hence, field-tested and verifiable.

This primer will appeal to wide-ranging audience due, in part, to its compact presentation that explains everything in an academic, yet diverting, manner. As an added thought, prospects for sales can be even greater, by converted the text into a variety of key languages that placate and educate foreign visitors. For instance, Europe's Romance languages, as well as Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987778922
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/13/2018
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

After being Honorably Discharged from the Navy (submarine service), he has lived in the West and Southwest for over four decades. Earning three academic degrees in Eastern and Western Philosophy, for nearly 30 years Rich made a living as an outdoors educator and interpreter teaching a variety of geosciences, human, and natural history geared to the Colorado Plateau Province. Additionally, Rich was a professional studio and stage musician and taught guitar and music theory, including composing two soundtracks for the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks; a high school Educational Assistant and Substitute Teacher; a commercial pilot flying a variety of aircraft; a professional photographer; a GPS surveyor and topographical mapper for the U. S. Forest Service; a planetarium control room operator; a museum docent; and the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. What RK is more enthused about, however, is serving in the role of an interpretive guide and educator for the Grand Canyon Field Institute (a National Park Service endorsed outreach program ( He was also an instructor at Northern Arizona University and Yavapai College (respectively, Flagstaff and Prescott), as well as the owner of a Southwest eco and cultural tourism enterprise. Fairly recently, he became the Executive Director of a think tank in Albuquerque, based on astronautics and aerospace S.T.E.M. classroom projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), including the co-author of a math-lab book based on rocketry.

( For more of RICH HOLTZIN'S backstory, peruse his website under his legal name:

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