Richard Kerry Holtzin

Beauty Lost: Glen Canyon Before Lake Powell

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This narrative is about the real vs. the ersatz; the original habitat vs. the literal drowning. In this case, the text discloses a story about this lengthy canyon in southeast Utah that most people are not aware. The narrative therefore describes a consummate view of the old and the new Glen Canyon. Respectively, a thesis to antithesis that happened in the early 1960s. The old refers to Glen Canyon's halcyon days and habitat; the new refers to the retrofit of a great big dam and a monster-sized lake-basin storage behind its gleaming structure. Consequently, hundreds of scenic haunts (chambers, alcoves, and grottoes) were lost forever when hundreds of feet of water inundated the canyon's interior. Composed in three parts (the before, during and after phases), the text reveals what happened to Glen Canyon starting in the late 1950s. The aftermath continues to fuel controversy, especially in view of Lake Powell’s ongoing environmental problems, including Grand Canyon's riverine corridor, the Colorado River..
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663 printed pages
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