We hiked and camped around the Grand Canyon National Park yesterday. The immensity of the canyons and the timelines involved in their formation were awe-inspiring.
We were checking out the Yavapai Geology Museum when this quote by John Wesley Powell caught my attention. He was the first person to explore the Grand Canyon by boat. He speaks about the Colorado River and it effects in carving out the canyons:
Running water is a puny thing compared to solid rock. Without geologic time, neither sedimentary rocks nor canyons could exist.
Deep time gives water dominion over rock...
- J. L. Powell
Water is soft and shapeless, while rock is solid and impenetrable. But as we see in nature, over long enough timelines, water gains total dominion over rocks.
This reminded me of the saying, supposedly by Bill Gates, on the importance of having a long-term view and remaining persistent:
Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.
- Bill Gates
There are interesting parallels between nature and life.