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How the Earth Was Made: Death Valley

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As shown on the History Channel. It is not only a place of natural splendor, but a geologic treasure trove as well. Hidden in the sediments of the rocks in its walls is evidence of the coldest time on our planet--ironic in one of the hottest places on Earth. Death Valley is literally being pulled apart, and the floor is collapsing and is lower than sea level. Here and across much of Nevada is the Basin and Range Province--a series of ridges of mountain ranges that are being pulled apart and the basins between them getting wider and flat as they fill with eroded sediment.

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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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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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Molten, glowing sphere being pelted by rocks. Caption: was the fledgling Earth.
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Sand dunes. Caption: The wind that builds them also blows them away,
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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.
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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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Lava shooting into the air. Caption: pouring out of volcanoes all around the Ring of Fire.
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Tall, snowy, and rocky mountain as seen from below. Caption: Is Everest shrinking or growing?
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Several volcanoes oozing lava and emitting smoke. Caption: They were pushed back by these mountains of fire.
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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
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