I both dread and get excited about the “x” part of the challenge. Dread because coming up with an “x” word is hard. Get excited because it gives me a chance to learn new words. I think “xenolith” is one of my favorites.
In case you don’t know what igneous is, it’s rock that’s formed from cooled lava. I actually knew that because I’ve always kind of had a thing for rocks.
The first thing this made me think of was the Grand Canyon. I wondered, “Does the Grand Canyon have xenoliths, and can this be a way for me to talk about that amazing place?”
Yes, as a matter of fact, it does. And I can.
Beyond the sheer coolness factor of the Grand Canyon, it’s a great place to learn about science. When I stood at the top of the South Rim, I had trouble wrapping my mind around the sheer magnitude of the canyon. It looked more like a movie set than something real. The colors are amazing. I took about a million photos there, but a picture doesn’t begin to capture the reality of it.
The park has Visitors’ Centers that illustrate the different layers and how they believe the canyon was formed. It has a model of the different layers of rock, and how these layers formed. It always amazes me when I can stand in places seeped in history.
According to the National Park Services website, the Grand Canyon is getting bigger. The natural processes that formed the canyon continue to be in effect today.
One of the reasons I love places like this is that I can almost hear the echoes of the past. Places like the Grand Canyon wake my brain up better than a dozen cups of coffee, and get my creative writing juices flowing.
What makes you feel your most creative or most alive?