The Hopi Lake/ Bidahochi Spillover Theory: How a giant lake shaped the Grand Canyon

The formation of the Grand Canyon is debated among geologists. The Hopi Lake/ Bidahochi Spillover Theory proposes a giant lake east of the canyon that eventually spilled over, forming the canyon.

00:00:00 Debate on the formation of the Grand Canyon continues today. One theory suggests ancient rivers merging, while another assumes land uplifted around it. John Douglas's spillover theory gains respect among geologists since 2000.

🌊 The video explores different theories about the formation of the Grand Canyon.

πŸ—ΊοΈ One theory suggests that multiple ancient rivers merged to create the Canyon.

πŸ“ John Douglas proposes the spillover theory, which has gained recognition among geologists.

00:01:06 A scale-model experiment tests the Bidahochi spillover theory for the formation of the Grand Canyon by simulating the pouring of the Colorado River into a basin, resulting in the creation of a lake and the gradual erosion of a steep slope.

🌊 The Colorado River poured into a basin, forming a huge lake.

⛰️ The lake rose and spilled across the plateau, cutting rapidly.

πŸ”¬ A scale-model experiment is being conducted to test the spillover theory.

00:02:10 A scaled-down experiment proves the spillover theory of Grand Canyon formation. A search for a larger, older lake as the source of the flood begins.

🌊 Waterfalls cutting and working their way back, causing a significant release of water.

🏞️ Formation of huge Canyon with landslides and shrinking of the lake.

πŸŒ„ The experiment proves the validity of the spillover theory on a small scale.

00:03:16 The Hopi Lake/ Bidahochi Spillover Theory suggests a giant lake once existed east of the Grand Canyon, based on evidence of deep lake water. This lake eventually spilled over, forming the Grand Canyon.

🌊 The presence of green clays in the old lake bed indicates the existence of a deep lake, supporting the theory of Grand Canyon formation through overflow.

πŸ—» The Color River from the Rocky Mountains made its way to this location, acting as a stopover point before eventually spilling across and forming the Grand Canyon.

🌎 By comparing the depth of the water with the contour hiked lines of the surrounding countryside, the size of the area once covered by water was determined.

00:04:20 A theory suggests that Hopi Lake, once spanning 20,000 square miles and larger than Lake Michigan, played a role in the formation of the Grand Canyon through a breached dam model.

🌊 Hopi Lake, also known as Bidahochi, was a massive body of water that covered 20,000 square miles and held over three thousand cubic miles of water.

πŸ—» The size of Hopi Lake exceeded that of Lake Michigan, making it one of the largest bodies of water in North America.

Summary of a video "Hopi Lake / Bidahochi Spillover Theory for Grand Canyon Formation - Breached Dam Model" by Nate Loper on YouTube.

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