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The Grand Canyon: Its Youngest Rocks

The Grand Canyon: Its Youngest Rocks

This video segment adapted from NOVA shows a dramatic landscape created by relatively recent rock-forming activity in the Grand Canyon. Volcanic eruptions only a million years ago created the canyon's youngest rocks. In contrast with the much older Vishnu Schist formation, this younger rock has been much more susceptible to physical change. When three-hundred-meter (thousand-foot) lava dams periodically blocked the river, they were quickly eroded away and river flow restored. A background essay and list of discussion questions are included.

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