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  How Grand Canyon Was Formed
  BQR ~ fall 1995

rometheus had many children before his fire incident. One of them was named Canyonous. Of all the Titans in his family, Canyonous was the very biggest, fastest and strongest. He could pick up a boulder just by using his pinky fingers. His favorite thing to do was to go hunting.
Canyonous lived near the town of Athens, Greece. At this time Athena had become very mad because the people of Athens had not worshiped her enough. Athena went to all the people that lived in Athens in their sleep and said, “Because you have not worshiped me hard enough I will send a giant spider to terrorize the city.” So she sent a giant spider to attack the city. It was capturing people and bringing them to its giant web. The king declared, “Anyone who kills the spider will get a large share of my money.” Many heroes tried to stop the spider, but they got captured because the spider could spray webs from it’s mouth. One of the heroes who had tried to stop it had been an Argonaut and sailed with Jason, the person that captured the golden fleece.

Canyonous decided to try his luck. He went to Athens to hunt the spider. When he saw the spider it spat web at him, but Canyonous easily dodged it. He saw a cave and ran over to it but hid in a nearby tree. Because the spider had been dazed about missing Canyonous he only saw that Canyonous had run towards the cave. The spider had not seen that Canyonous hid in the tree. The spider crawled over to the cave and went in. Canyonous acted quickly. Rubbing two branches together to start a fire, he threw the branch in the cave and rolled a boulder over the front of the entrance. The spider burned to death in the cave.
When the king found out what had happened he was overjoyed. He gladly gave Canyonous a large sum of money. That night Canyonous had a dream. He dreamt he was flying over Mount Olympus. When he woke up he thought his dream meant that he belonged on Olympus. “I’m the greatest Titan of all. I’m so strong and brave. Without a doubt I should be on Mount Olympus.”
The problem was that even someone with his strength and size would not be able to reach the top of Olympus by walking. Canyonous thought about this for awhile, then got an idea. With all the money he had now he would make the biggest catapult ever. He would make it so huge and strong that it would fling him to the top of Mount Olympus where he would then live.
With the money he had he bought huge pieces of wood. For ten nights and ten days he worked on it until it was finally finished. It was splendid. He had coated the wood with gold, and it shone as brightly as Apollo’s chariot. Canyonous adjusted everything so that he would land right on top of the mountain.
Canyonous got in the top of the catapult and cut the string that held the lever down. He went flying up and up and up. For two hours he was sailing through air before he saw the beautiful palace of the gods. It had columns, clear roofs, and wonderful paintings decorating the outside walls.

But alas, his stay there was not meant to be, for despite the fact he was strong and huge, he was not very good at math. When doing his calculations he forgot to carry the one, the stupidest mistake in math, and was therefore fated to just miss Olympus. His dream did come true, however, because he sailed right above the mountain but instead of falling there he kept on going up. He went up for another hour before beginning to fall. He fell for what seemed like forever. When he finally hit the ground he hit with a loud CRASH! The ground around him split open and formed a large crack in the earth. His body lay at the bottom. Canyonous was dead. The blood began to pour from his mouth. The blood formed a river which is now known as the Colorado River. Because he was supposed to be immortal, his body did not decay as a human body would. When the crack was discovered many years later, the people were confused about how it was made. Then one of the men who happened to know many tales about the gods saw the body and said, “Look! There lies Grand (because he was big) Canyon.” The name caught on, and that is how the Grand Canyon was formed.

Ben Eisner

Ben Eisner, an eighth grade student at Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pa, wrote about Canyonous for an English class.
His essay begins a series on the forces effecting Grand Canyon’s formation.


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