Update: Due to a legal dispute between public broadcast station WNED and LeVar Burton’s RRKidz, new Reading Rainbow videos have been removed from YouTube. We’ve included the original video via Skybrary For Kids.
Take a video field trip to the Grand Canyon with LeVar Burton as he explores the canyon’s history, early inhabitants, and its original formation. The views are incredible from a boat on the Colorado River and high above the canyon by helicopter. From Wikipedia:
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 meters). Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. While the specific geologic processes and timing that formed the Grand Canyon are the subject of debate by geologists, recent evidence suggests that the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago. Since that time, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present-day configuration.