Encore - Providence Canyon

June 16, 2018

Providence Canyon 3

Today and every Saturday Earth Science Picture of the Day invites you to rediscover favorites from the past. Saturday posts feature an EPOD that was chosen by viewers like you in our monthly Viewers' Choice polls. Join us as we look back at these intriguing and captivating images.

June 2018 Viewer's ChoicePhotographer: Ray Major
Summary Author: Ray Major

Sometimes called Georgia's Little Grand Canyon, Providence Canyon in western Georgia (U.S.) is a large erosion feature caused largely by poor farming practices in the 1800s. Furrows from plows deepened in the soft soil of this area and over time, and left unchecked, they expanded to become gullies and ravines and eventually these intriguing and colorful canyons -- colors chiefly result from variations of the exposed clay and sand. The name of the canyon comes from Providence Methodist Church, which had to be relocated because of the rapidly expanding canyon encroaching on its property. Hiking and other recreational activities have long ago replaced farming as the principal activity here. Photo taken on May 9, 2011.

Photo Details: Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT; Focal Length: 18.0mm; Aperture: f/8.0; Exposure Time: 0.0063 s (1/160); ISO equiv: 100; Software: Digital Photo Professional.