Transcript for The Rio Grande, segment 02 of 9


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The Rio Grande winds in isolation across the deserts and through the rocky canyons of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. The river appears to be an alien, not of the desert but merely passing through. Yet it is the key to all life within the land. From its source high in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, the river flows to the southeast and south, destined for the distant Gulf of Mexico almost two thousand miles away.

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After its long passage across and through the land, the Rio Grande reaches the Gulf of Mexico where it mingles its brown waters into the sea. Nearby are the pleasant sandy beaches of Padre Island which has been built by ocean currents from the sands once carried by the Rio Grande. Indeed, its sands are a legacy of the great lands to the northwest.