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Lava Beds National Monument

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California’s Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. The monument is also home to more than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, and historic battlefields from America’s Native American wars.

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Sloped hills leading to a body of water. Caption: from which the Hagerman fossils have been excavated.
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 1
9 minutes 48 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Map of the northwest United States showing John Day Fossil Beds in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Clarno Unit, Sheep Rock Unit, and Painted Hills Unit are in Oregon. Caption: preserve a continuous 40-million-year fossil record
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 2
12 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Rolling hills lead into a wide valley. Caption: Known as Fossil Lake, Fossil Butte National Monument
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 3
12 minutes 17 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Forested hillside with a sign "Welcome to Pinnacles National Monument National Park Service Department of the Interior" Caption: is a place of great surprises.
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 4
13 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Narrow paved path spiraling to the top of a rocky conical structure. Caption: a great fissure opened up in Central Idaho
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 5
10 minutes 51 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A river with brush lining the banks winds down from a mountain through evergreen trees. Caption: Here there is no fancy visitor center.
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 6
10 minutes 20 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Rough lava rocks with a few trees growing out of them. Caption: (male narrator) Laval Beds National Monument is all things volcanic.
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 7
11 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Wooden fence lining a path through a forest. Black and white photo of a man overlaid. Caption: bridges that the great John Muir once stood on.
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 8
14 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: Minidoka Internment National Monument
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 9
9 minutes 28 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Domed, dripping rock structures line the wall of a cave. Caption: but only one that is a marble cave.
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 10
16 minutes 57 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12