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series: Valles Caldera: The Science
air date: 1/13/13 5:00 AM
There is a super volcano in New Mexico that can be seen from space. It is one of the most scientifically important volcanoes on the planet. It is the ancient homeland of the Jemez Pueblo Indians and it is the source of modern day political turmoil. It is known as the Valles Caldera. This documentary focuses on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the high mountains of northern New Mexico. The Preserve is situated inside a collapsed crater surrounded by eruptive domes and features the 11,254 ft Redondo Peak. Much of the year, the Valles area is an emerald gem amidst the sere New Mexico landscape. The program transports viewers to the grandeur and stunning beauty of one of America's most captivating natural environments to reveal, explore and affirm the importance of scientific research, climate change, hydrology and volcanology of the area.
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