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How the Earth Was Made: The Grand Canyon

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As shown on the History Channel. The Grand Canyon is nearly 300 miles long and over a mile deep. You could stack four Empire State buildings one on top of the other, and they still wouldn't reach the lip of the Canyon. As vast tectonic plates clash and grind against one another a giant plateau has been pushed up over a mile in the air. The Colorado River, flowing from high in the Rockies and carrying a thick load of sediment, has carved the canyon in the rising plateau.

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Runtime: 44 minutes 1 seconds

Steeply sloping walls of layered, red sedimentary rock. Caption: the Grand Canyon remains the most famous of them all.
How the Earth Was Made
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44 minutes 1 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
A volcano emits ash and smoke, as seen from a city street. Caption: (narrator) It's the nightmare scenario that everyone fears.
How the Earth Was Made
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44 minutes 1 seconds
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Molten, glowing sphere being pelted by rocks. Caption: was the fledgling Earth.
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44 minutes 3 seconds
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Sand dunes. Caption: The wind that builds them also blows them away,
How the Earth Was Made
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44 minutes 51 seconds
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A rocky sheer cliff with a river cascading down the face of it, as seen from above. Caption: is shaping this magnificent landscape.
How the Earth Was Made
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44 minutes 21 seconds
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Illustration of a plate of Earth's crust being pushed beneath a second plate. Caption: (narrator) As the two plates moved towards each other,
How the Earth Was Made
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44 minutes 1 seconds
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Lava shooting into the air. Caption: pouring out of volcanoes all around the Ring of Fire.
How the Earth Was Made
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44 minutes 1 seconds
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Tall, snowy, and rocky mountain as seen from below. Caption: Is Everest shrinking or growing?
How the Earth Was Made
Season 2 / Ep 8
44 minutes 1 seconds
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Several volcanoes oozing lava and emitting smoke. Caption: They were pushed back by these mountains of fire.
How the Earth Was Made
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Lava field in foreground with evergreen trees and snowy mountain in background. Caption: Southwest of St. Helens, he investigates an area
How the Earth Was Made
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44 minutes 50 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12