Amazing photos capture fog filling Grand Canyon

A once-in-a-decade natural phenomenon at the Grand Canyon saw the National Park fill with fog in a spectacular treat for visitors to the world-famous attraction.

The Grand Canyon National Park posted photos of the breathtaking phenomenon on its Facebook page on Saturday and captioned the image above: "Here's what Mather Point looked like this morning with the rare inversion. Rangers wait for years to see it. Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all!"

KCTV5 reports that a 'temperature inversion' was responsible for the beautiful sight.

The phenomenon happened as cold air was locked up in the Grand Canyon with warm air sitting above it.

The chilly air in the canyon cooled and clouds formed, filling it with fog.

Social media users took to Facebook to check out the amazing photos and one said: "THIS is far better than black Friday!!!"

World's most spectacular gorges
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Amazing photos capture fog filling Grand Canyon

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Ristikallio Gorge, located in North Eastern Finland's Oulanka National Park is a famous viewpoint on the popular hiking route, the Karhunkierros Trail. The gorge is fantastic starting point for the Bear Trail Hike, where many people hope to spot the elusive brown bear, which makes the area its home. The River Aventojoki flows between the cracks of the bedrock switching from one crack to another.

As Britain's biggest gorge and 300 million years in the making, Cheddar Gorge is a must-visit UK attraction. The limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills is the site of the Cheddar show caves, where you can see Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, the 9,000-year-old Cheddar Man. The maximum depth of the gorge is 137 metres with a near-vertical cliff-face to the south. At the gorge you can learn about geological formations, prehistoric cannibalism and even embark on a crystal quest across Gough’s Cave, which was formed between 500,000 and 15,000 years ago by water dissolving the limestone rock.

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The island of Crete's Samaria Gorge was created by a small river running between the White Mountains and Mount Volakias, and is 16km long. The most famous part of the gorge is the stretch known as the Gates, where the sides of the gorge close in to a width of just four metres and soar up to a height of nearly 300 metres. Samaria is a refuge for the rare kri-kri or Cretan goat, which is mainly found in the park.

View the West MacDonnell Ranges, take a cool dip in the Finke River and admire the towering sandstone at Glen Helen Gorge in Australia's outback. The gorge, located 132km west of Alice Springs, is a refuge for local wildlife and is a popular overnight stop for drivers on the iconic Red Centre Way. The landscape around the gorge is spectacular and the sandstone wall is the first thing you'll see as you arrive. The ranges of Glen Helen Gorge part to make way for the Finke River, an important waterhole for fish and migrating waterbirds.


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Tornados have been ripping through parts of the USA at an alarming rate during 2011. This example was captured on camera in Limestone County, Alabama, in April. A tornado is a violent, rotating column of air that it is contact with a cumulonimbus cloud and the ground. Also called twisters, they’re characterised by the condensation funnel that touches the earth, and are surrounded by clouds of dust or debris.

On 11 January, 2010, two pranksters decided to drive their car along the frozen Union Canal in Winchburgh, West Lothian, Scotland. Unfortunately for them, the thaw had already started to set in. The canal froze solid during he longest spell of freezing weather in the UK for almost 30 years.

This dust storm engulfed the desert city of Bikaner, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan on 2 April, 2010. The town was already broiling in temperatures of 39C. Dust storms happen when strong wind carries loose sand and dust away from one area and deposits it in another.

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This impressive rainbow resulted from a spectacular storm and was photographed in Brandon Hill Park near Clifton, Bristol, in the UK on 27 August, 2010. The rainbow seems to rise from the top of Cabot Tower - which is itself 105ft tall - showing its immense scale. Rainbows are an optical phenomenon that occur when the sun shines on to moisture droplets in the atmosphere. 

This set of footprints in freezing rain was snapped in Lexington, Kentucky, USA on 16 December, 2010. Rain that falls and becomes ‘supercooled’ when surface temperatures are below freezing point can freeze on impact with anything it touches, unlike snow which remains only partially frozen. The resulting ice is known as glaze. Freezing rain is one of the deadliest weather conditions, bringing down power line and causing numerous road traffic accidents and personal injury.

This example of smog was pictured hanging over Moscow, on 7 August, 2010, and was caused by the billowing smoke from peat bog and forest fires. Smog was originally a description of the pollution resulting from factory smoke and fog in the 1900s. Today it’s more often caused when sunlight reacts with car exhaust, coal power plants or factory emissions and the compounds released from petrol, paints and solvents.

This crashing wave was caused by the approaching of the Hurricane Earl in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, in August, 2010. Earl battered some islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and roof-ripping winds, rapidly intensifying into a major storm on a path projected to menace the United States. Hurricanes are triggered by low pressure areas forming over warm ocean waters.

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This magnificent lightning strike hit a tower during a thunderstorm in Zurich, Switzerland on 12 August, 2010. Lightning occurs when the balance between the negative charge of storm clouds and the positive charge of the earth is redressed by a current passing between the two - with literally stunning results.

This halo around the sun was photographed  on the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Circle on 19 April, 2011. These halos - spectacular and eerie at the same time - are caused by ice crystals in high clouds. They tend to occur during the summer months, during ‘midnight sun’ season in the Arctic and Antarctic Circles.


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