It’s hardly news that geology is a hot topic at Grand Canyon National Park. The ancient rock layers that soar from rim to river are as visually stunning to the casual visitor as they are insightful to scientists who study their chemical composition, depositional environments, and telltale weathering.
These same attributes have spawned a legacy of extraction by mining companies for more than a century. Fortunately national park status has curtailed much of this activity that can prove damaging to the many plant and animal communities that call Grand Canyon home.
Unless action is taken soon, a number of uranium mines will be re-activated within miles of both the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park. Research has proven that this resurgence in uranium mining will adversely affect the health of humans and wildlife alike, both in the park and in downstream communities that rely on the Colorado River.
Follow this link for more information, and let your voice be heard: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/uranium-mining