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Grand Canyon [electronic resource]

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
A progenitor of the National Geographic Society, John Wesley Powell was a naturalist, a rough-and-ready explorer, and a visionary in his understanding of the uncharted Colorado River. This program illustrates Powell's historic passage through the Grand Canyon in 1869, when the 35-year-old set out with eight companions from Green River, Wyoming, into the unknown. The film describes how, at various stopping points, four members of the crew abandoned the mission-one vanishing from recorded history and three dying in the desert instead of the rapids they thought would kill them-while Powell and his remaining cohorts went on to achieve scientific and popular glory.
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Run Time
57 min.
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 23, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • John Wesley Powell's Mission (2:36)
  • Powell's Battle Scars (2:26)
  • Meet Jack Sumner (2:25)
  • Mapping the Colorado River (2:34)
  • Pioneer Country (1:58)
  • The First Rapids (2:02)
  • Disaster Strikes at Canyon of Ledor (2:41)
  • Retrieving the Barometers (2:12)
  • Discontent on the Canyon of Ledor (2:05)
  • Uinta Valley (2:13)
  • Canyon of Desolation (1:56)
  • High Winds (2:59)
  • Three-River Junction (2:48)
  • Vasey's Paradise (2:29)
  • The Grand Canyon (2:13)
  • Seeking Shelter (2:07)
  • Monumental Scale (2:08)
  • The Darkest Day (2:19)
  • Separation Rapid (1:24)
  • Conquering the Great Rapids (2:50)
  • John Wesley Powell's Journey Ends (2:00)
  • Legacy of Environmental Stewardship (1:52)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2000.
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40805 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (57 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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