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How the Earth Was Made (History Channel)
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DVD Features: Additional Scenes; Bonus Documentary Inside the Volcano
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Many a time, I have visualized how our precocious planet formed and evolved based on paleobiological evidence. I always get a feeling of euphoria whenever I imagine a pristine Earth with dynamics that have been changing over mind-numbing time scales. Well, the graphics in this show come pretty close to my own imagination.
The playback, divided by mostly uneven time segments, starts at around 4.4 billion years ago and eventually works its way to the last ice age before briefly dwelling on the planet's future. There is a time slider that briefly appears at the start of each time segment. Yes, dinosaurs are mentioned and shown but only briefly. Yup, stromatalites are in there as well along with Trilobites. It should be noted that the Cambrian Explosion and the Carboniferous are mentioned. For some reason, I was surprised to learn that granite first formed several billion years ago.
Other subjects discussed in depth include plate tectonics (continents, mountains, etc.), land inhabitation by flora and marine animals and super-volcanoes. The DVD ends with a bunch of scientists dwelling on the future of Earth. I decided not to read too much into their predictions as I won't be around if/when what they predict happens.
From my point of view, this program delivers easy to follow and understand geological processes and how they have a direct effect on anything else in the Earth's system as a planet.
This title is a must for anyone that wants to learn about landscaping forming, dinosaur and other mass extinction events, continental positioning and what the future holds for the planet (and life for that matter) once the present Ice Age break period ends...
All in all I give it its well deserved 5 stars!
We loved every minute of it and the digital graphics was superb, very realistic. You sit there riveted to your screen as you watch things unfold. It's mind-boggling, watching how the earth was created.
Earth has a past we can never comprehend, a present we live in and take for granted and a future that is just too scary to contemplate. But all in all, what an amazing planet we live in.
This DVD takes us on a journey to the very beginning. 4.5 billion year to be precise, when the planet was formed by meteors colliding in space.
Earth goes from a seething hellish mass of fiery molten rock,through numerous major changes that takes billion of years and finally to the present day wonder we live in.
And that is not all, we also have a glimpse into the future, when Earth will likely end up as barren and lifeless as Mars. Now, there's a scary thought.
But it seems we don't have to panic just yet, according to the experts we still have a few billions years to go before earth becomes hell again. Phew, that's a relief! Quite frankly anyone would be scared of it!
This is another DVD worth the money spent.
How the Earth Was Made presents a geological history of earth in an easy-to-understand, accessible form. The computer graphics are beautiful. I also enjoyed the narration and soundtrack to this video. I especially enjoy learning new things and this video taught me about the origin of banded iron formations, the scource of most if not all of the iron currently being mined. I also learned about the formation of oxygen on the Earth and the formtion of the oceans. Not only did I learn but was entertained as well.
I highly recommend this film to everyone.
Awesome CG work on;
1. The world on fire.
2. Green iron oceans.
5. Earth frozen into a big snowball.
6. Snowball Earth melting from the inside.
4. Pangea and Rodinia forming.
6. Lots and lots of rocks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish everyone who is concerned about global warming would watch this video. I think it would help them put the hysteria into proper perspective. Read morePublished 25 days ago by DR
An EXCELLENT and DETAILED account on "How" the Earth was made! Very easy to follow along and understand, backed up with proven facts and interesting theroies. Well done!!Published 3 months ago by Stephen B.
Both my wife and I have used in our classrooms with great success. It gets students asking questions and holds their interest.Published 7 months ago by Charles Halfen