The Dragon (Arizona) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsThe Dragon (Arizona)
east aspect (1/3 north region ridgeline)
(upper canyon tributary of Dragon Creek)
|Elevation||8,105 ft (2,470 m)|
|Prominence||325 ft (99 m)|
|Parent peak||Kaibab Plateau (8,701 ft)|
Coconino County, Arizona, US
|Parent range||Kaibab Plateau
|Topo map||USGS Shiva Temple|
|Type of rock||prominence-Kaibab Limestone-(forested tableland)
The Dragon is a 8,105-foot-elevation summit located in the Grand Canyon, in Coconino County of Arizona, USA. It is situated north of the Hindu Amphitheater, and about ~4.5 miles north-northwest of Shiva Temple, and ~2.5 mi north of Dragon Head. Both of the Dragon landforms are on a connected ridgeline, (Dragon Head being the ridgeline terminus), defining two south trending canyon watersheds - Dragon Creek, (east), and (Upper)-Crystal Creek (Arizona), (west).
Aerial photos of The Dragon and Dragon Head were taken as Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) studies for public flight-path routes within the entire Grand Canyon.
Geology & Biology
The geology of The Dragon prominence is an ~250 to 300 ft layer of cliff-forming, whitish Kaibab Limestone. Its hardness supports an approximately horizontal tableland of Ponderosa Pine forest.
Below the Kaibab is an even larger unit of the slope-forming Toroweap Formation. The slope is modestly vegetated, and has large areas of erosion debris, with no obvious interlaced cliffs. The Toroweap Formation rests upon an ~400+ ft cliff of cliff-former Coconino Sandstone.
The Coconino Sandstone (buff/(reddish-white)), rests upon a relatively massive unit of Hermit Formation (Hermit Shale). The slopes are vegetated, also with large sections of burnt-red-brown Hermit debris.
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