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Grand View

Great Basin National Park (#207)

This episode explores one of the most unique phenomena in geology; Hexagonal pillars of Basalt lava that were revealed during the last Ice Age. Located in the Eastern Sierra, this rare and beautiful feature ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. The region reveals a volatile geologic history, with reminders bubbling up from the valley floor. Baumann interviews Park Superintendent, Deanna Dulen, and USGS geologist, Mike Clynne. Baumann reaches his destination, and paints the Minarets of the Sierras overlooking the park itself. [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Acclaimed landscape painter Stefan Baumann's art reflects his commitment to ecology and the preservation of the natural environment. In THE GRAND VIEW, Baumann travels throughout North America, sharing his message and his art as he raises awareness for these causes. This new series takes viewers on a journey throughout America's National Parks system, where he shares his adventures and his passion for nature. The series showcases the art, insights and park experiences as Baumann hikes deep into the United States' most famous National Parks. Applying the realist theory of the old masters in his paintings, Baumann's treks encompass every aspect of the park, focusing on the plants, wildlife and the geologic and human history that have impacted the region.

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