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Discovering Alabama

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Little River Canyon National Preserve

For millions of years the waters of Little River have gathered from upper Dekalb and Cherokee counties, flowing southward and carrying a path deep into the sandstone, limestone, and shale that underly this plateau region. The result, Little River Canyon, a great gorge so impressive in dimensions that it is often called the Grand Canyon of the East. In 1985, Little River Canyon was featured among the first programs of the Discovering Alabama series. This year, marking Discovering Alabama's 20th Anniversary, host Doug Phillips takes viewers to this dramatic natural treasure to explore the effects of time and change, and to consider the increasing dilemma of human population pressures versus the need for natural area preservation.

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