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The Dragon (Arizona)
Grand Canyon DEIS Aerial Body of the Dragon (5476600115).jpg
east aspect (1/3 north region ridgeline)
(upper canyon tributary of Dragon Creek)
Highest point
Elevation 8,105 ft (2,470 m)
Prominence 325 ft (99 m)
Parent peak Kaibab Plateau (8,701 ft)
Geography
Location Grand Canyon
Coconino County, Arizona, US
Parent range Kaibab Plateau
Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Shiva Temple
Geology
Type of rock prominence-Kaibab Limestone-(forested tableland)
and
Kaibab Limestone,
Toroweap Formation,
Coconino Sandstone,
Hermit Formation

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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