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Friday, January 27, 2012 - 2:35am

Canyon Shows Human, Land Interaction

Updated: 5 years ago.
Providence Canyon displays 43 different colors. But it’s not a completely natural formation. Loose soil and early farmers’ poor soil conservation techniques created the canyon. (Photo Courtesy of Georgia Outdoors.)

Geologists have counted 43 different colors of soils and sediments in Georgia’s Providence Canyon. Formed in the mid-1800s and located in Stewart County west of Lumpkin in southwest Georgia, it’s known as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon.”

Nature has played only a supporting role, however, in creating gaps in the earth up to 150 feet deep.

Environmental historian Paul Sutter from the University of Colorado (and previously the University of Georgia) talks about the complicated history of what was once farmland and is now a state park.

Learn much more about Providence Canyon and Cloudland Canyon in northwest Georgia on Georgia Outdoors, premiering 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 on GPB TV.


Paul Sutter shares some of the stories people tell about the creation of Providence Canyon, including one he thinks might have some merit.