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America's National Monuments: The Geologic West

America's National Monuments: The Geologic West

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Host Jordan Murphy takes viewers on a journey to eleven spectacular national monuments throughout America’s Pacific Northwest. The Geologic West is a priceless voyage from the dawn of history to the present. Explore prehistoric America and its treasure trove of fossils in Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon. Unearth riches that show the fiery geologic past of the Pacific Northwest. See human history unfold from the California Native American Wars, to the conservation movement of the late 19th century, to the heartbreak of Japanese American internment during WWII, to the amazing taming of the Snake River in Idaho for agriculture. Each monument is presented in three chapters: virtual tour, nature and science, and history and culture.

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
Lighthouse with outbuilding and trees as seen through dense fog. Caption: The old lighthouse shimmers in and out of view--
America's National Monuments: The Geologic West
Episode 11
13 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12