Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
The National Parks and Monuments of the United States are America's gifts to herself. The millions of acres that have been set aside guarantee that there will always be wild places for those alive today, and for future generations. This program is part of a series that showcases some of the treasures in this unique American legacy that benefits humans, as well as the flora and fauna of these special places. In this episode, the viewer explores the vast reaches of Death Valley. There is more there than first meets the eye in the hot, parched landscape of the desert. With archival film footage, photographs, personal accounts, and expert commentary, the program investigates how the region got that way, and some geological and human events that have taken place in Death Valley.