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How the Earth Changed History [Blu-ray]
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"Deep Earth" focuses on how civilizations were drawn to areas where there were fault lines because of the abundance of minerals that could be found. "Wind" pushed us further on the oceans to new destinations that we might otherwise have never discovered and helped create agricultural diversity as well as influencing the dark behavior of humanity as seen with the creation and expansion of slavery.
"Fire" was the first step into allowing us to master our world by forging new, more advanced weapons among other things. "The Human Planet" looks at everything from the chemical destruction of our environment to corporate agriculture and how it has impacted our world and, in turn, threatening us as the world reacts.
A very good, sharp looking Blu-ray shot in high definition video, "How The Earth Was Changed" looks remarkably clean, sharp and vivid with solid black levels throughout and strong, bold colors.Read more ›
Stewart successively reviews the impact of deep earth, fire, water, and wind on what humanity has accomplished. Stewart also looks at the comprehensive influence that men and women have had on shaping the environment around them. Teachers can use the two-DVD set under review to help make geography and history appealing to their secondary school students.
In summary, the BBC once more shines in combining a gifted educator, fascinating narrative, outstanding camerawork, and appropriate special effects with each other to explain complex phenomena to a broad audience.
Geologist Ian Stewart is an adventurous presenter, who walks through fire and climbs and dives into a lot of fascinating and little-known places (Mexico's Naica cave, an underwater forest in Oregon) in the course of the series. I thought the program could have gone into more depth about each topic, but on the positive side, I really enjoyed its combination of adventure, photography, earth science, and history.
One is reminded of the approach of Jared Diamond as How The Earth Changed History considers resource management in the rise and fall of civilizations and explains why certain nations are at the top of the game in this uncertain world.Read more ›
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this is a must, i am british so used to this guy and he has so so many documentarys, all are ace, this is just a taste of what the others are like, if you like this then ya'l love... Read morePublished 7 months ago by stefi
Another adventure with the dashing Iain Stewart! How many people wear a fashion neck scarf in the Sahara Desert? Only Iain Stewart! Read morePublished 9 months ago by How about that!
You will be impressed by how water, wind, earth's minerals, and more have led the rise and fall of civilizations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Searcher
I like it a lot, BUT, the chemistry discussed is poor and actually untrue at times. The narrator consistently discusses the burning of CARBON. Read morePublished 13 months ago by oscar
So hard to find titles with Iain Stewart. I'm a big fan. The content and presentation draw you in and keep you.Published 14 months ago by Douglas Mallory
A super look at geology's impact on our origins. Stewart does a great job explaining it to the non-scientistical types!!Published 19 months ago by CARL D. BAKER