PBS Documentary by Ken BurnsThe National Parks: America’s Best IdeaEpisode One: Chapters 1-3 “Introduction”For all of these documentary clips, please watch the video individually and complete the answers on your own. Sharing answers not only denies another student the opportunity to view the documentary firsthand, but also is unfair to other students who have done this on their own. This full documentary was filmed by the most celebrated cinematographer in the country and was watched by millions of Americans when broadcast by PBS in 2009-2010.Episode 1, Chapter 1“The Scripture of Nature: Introduction”1.The opening quote of the documentary sets the stage for the overall content (listen to it carefully). The quote is by John Muir. “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread…”2.The national parks are a treasure house of nature’s superlatives. How many acres are there protected within our system of national parks? 84 million acres3.Which of the following is included within our system of national parks?a.Highest mountain on the continentb.Lowest, driest, and hottest location in the countryc.A labyrinth of caves longer than any other ever measuredd.Deepest lake in the nation, with the clearest water in the worlde.Trees dead for 225 million years, that are now solid rockf.Trees that are the oldest living things on earthg.Trees that are the tallest living things on earthh.Trees that are the largest living things on earthi.A mile-deep canyon that exposes rocks 1.7 billion years old, nearly half the age of the planetj.The greatest collection of geysers in the world(Note that I will identify these parks for you during further discussion in class.)
4.Our national parks became the last refuge for magnificent species of animals that otherwise would have vanished forever. And they remain a refuge for human beings seeking to replenish their spirit.5.But the national parks are more than a collection of rocks and trees and inspirational scenes from nature. They embody something less tangible yet equally enduring—an idea, born in the United States nearly a century after its creation, as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical.6.Carl Pope notes that in Europe the most magnificent places are owned by the wealthy. But in America magnificence is a commontreasure. Thatis the essence of democracy.7.National parks, the writer and historian Wallace Stegner once said, are “the best ideawe’ve everhad.”8.Clay Jenkinson suggests our best idea came from Thomas Jefferson—that all are created equal—but goes on to indicate the relationship to the national park idea. Building on Jefferson’s vision, he notes that if you go out into the heart of America and see this continent in its glory it will embolden you to dream about the possibilities of life.