The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – The Gems, Part 2


After Sapphire comes the easier Turquoise Rapid, at Mile 102.0. This mile also has an abundance of sculpted rocks. Next is Emerald, followed by a view of the black Ruby Buttress, which marks Ruby Rapid. Serpentine Rapid ends the Gems, after which the Shinumo Amphitheater comes into view. 18 photos.

Turquoise Rapid, Mile 102.0

Turquoise Rapid, Mile 102.0

Black schist, Mile 102 river left

Black schist, Mile 102 river left

A hole bored into granite, Mile 102 river left

A hole bored into granite, Mile 102 river left

Sculpted brown schist, Mile 102 river left

Sculpted brown schist, Mile 102 river left

Lunch, Mile 102 river left

Lunch, Mile 102 river left

The ridge above Monadnock Amphitheater, Mile 102, downstream view

The ridge above Monadnock Amphitheater, Mile 102, downstream view

Polished black schist, Mile 102

Polished black schist, Mile 102

Approaching Emerald Rapid, Mile 103, with a view of the veined Ruby Buttress, topped by towers of the Tapeats

Approaching Emerald Rapid, Mile 103, with a view of the veined Ruby Buttress, topped by towers of the Tapeats, and the North Rim in the distance

The Ruby Buttress, Mile 104.5, stands directly over Ruby Rapid

The Ruby Buttress, Mile 104.5, stands directly over Ruby Rapid

Ruby Rapid

Ruby Rapid, Mile 104.5

The big hole in Ruby Rapid

The big hole in Ruby Rapid,Mile 104.5

Larry ran the hole in Ruby Rapid

Larry ran the hole in Ruby Rapid, Mile 104.5

Approaching Serpentine Rapid, Mile 106.0

Approaching Serpentine Rapid, Mile 106.0

Serpentine Rapid, Mile 106

Serpentine Rapid, Mile 106

Bass Limestone shows mud cracks, Mile 106 river left

Bass Limestone shows mud cracks, Mile 106 river left

Bass Limestone boulders, Mile 106 river left

Bass Limestone boulders, Mile 106 river left

Bass Limestone close-up, Mile 106 river left

Bass Limestone close-up, Mile 106 river left

View downstream to Shinumo Amphitheater, with tilted layers of the Shinumo Quartzite seen in the center of the photo. The forested North Rim is seen above.

View downstream to Shinumo Amphitheater, with tilted layers of the Shinumo Quartzite seen in the center of the photo. The forested North Rim is seen above. Mile 107.

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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