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How the Earth Was Made: Complete Season 2
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This season, HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE goes back in history from 4.5 billion years ago to today peeling back layers of rock, filling up river canyons, parting the oceans, and leveling mountains and volcanoes to investigate the origins of some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world. With rocks as their clues and volcanoes, ice sheets and colliding continents as their suspects, scientists launch a forensic investigation that will help viewers visualize how the Earth has evolved and formed over millions of years.
Experience all 13 episodes of this landmark series on 4 DVDs.
Volume 1: Grand Canyon / Vesuvius / Birth of the Earth / Sahara
Volume 2: Yosemite / The Rockies / Ring of Fire
Volume 3: Everest / Death Valley / Mt. St. Helens
Volume 4: Earth s Deadliest Eruption / America's Ice Age / America's Gold
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13 Episodes on 4 Discs, released June 29, 2010
"How the Earth Was Made" is the History channel's detailed look at specific areas of the planet and how they came to be shaped the way they are. The title of the series sounds like they would explain how Earth came into being with the Big Bang theory in one episode and boom! be done, but this is the second season so they've really stretched out individual landmarks.
This series starts off with places like The Grand Canyon and its carving by the Colorado river among other things, Mt. Vesuvius and its ability to possibly kill 3 million people in Naples if it erupts, and then in the third episode finally gets into the actual planet formation or "Birth of the Earth". Does this mean it wasn't covered in the first season?? Other great episodes include Sahara where you find out it was once covered in ice and grew lots of plantlife, and much more in the way of mountains, valleys, volcanoes in general, ice ages, and fascinatingly enough, the concentration of gold around the world.
The narrator sure knows how to make gradual evolution sound exciting! For example in the Grand Canyon episode, he mentions certain mountains were "shattered *dramatic pause* by VOLCANOES!" The end of each episode goes through the laundry list of clues the scientists found and conclusions they were brought to step by step in case you missed something. Evolution ought to be a slow, boring process but this format and narration makes it more exciting than the violent escapes of "Ancients Behaving Badly" that I reviewed not that long ago. This is a very interesting and educational series and will appeal greatly to those intrigued by our landscapes and captivated by its beauty and history.
the quality is excellent and it IS widescreen ( 1.78:1 I believe (the box doesn't say [and amazon says 1.33:1 -Wrong!] ).
Regardless, it fills my 52" HD with video that History Channel televised in HD.
So, for those (including me) who were wondering: IT IS GOOD!
My favorite episodes - surprisingly, I might add - are "Sahara" and "Death Valley." I thought I knew a lot about the Sahara, only to discover I knew almost nothing - certainly nothing about its 20,000 year cycle of monsoon activity. And, as to Death Valley, I couldn't imagine its geologic history being anywhere near as fascinating as it is. Of course it's one of the lowest and hottest points on earth; but the mantle beneath it is also the thinnest of anyplace on earth - and is being stretched even thinner. Even "Everest" opened all kinds of new windows on the planet, by showing not just how it was formed but how its formation affected almost everything else on the planet.Read more ›
DVD#1 Begins with the massive non-tectonic-related lava flows in Siberia of about 250 MYA, which are generally believed responsible for the approximately simultaneous most devastating mass extinction in the history of life. This is a good presentation, noting the probable involvement of the coal layer through which much of the lava had to flow, and the probable involvement of ocean methane hydrates, but doesn't mention the probable involvement of other toxic volcanic substances, such as sulphur dioxide and mercury.
Next, is a rundown of of the continental glaciations of North America, mostly the last one. I found this presentation too elementary and incomplete. Finally, a program on America's gold deposits and mining. This is limited to deposits in CA and Nevada, which is OK, given the time constraints. The point is that different gold deposits were often formed in different ways, but with some commonalities.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I watched these when they came on the History channel & am going to get the set if I don't get it for Christmas... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle Matthews
I teach Earth Science and I love having these around in case of an unexpected absence. Just hit play and go!Published 3 months ago by J.D.Travis
Best educational and entertaining program on TV...I will watch it over and over.Published 3 months ago by Stone Carver
Absolutely fascinating. Can't believe I got all these DVD's and pleasure for the price. Someone had to expend a lot of time and money preparing this.Published 4 months ago by Miss Natural
...because after watching the episodes about Vesuvius, the Ring of Fire, Mount St. Helens, Krakatoa (Season 1) and all of the other episodes that deal with volcanoes (such as... Read morePublished 6 months ago by NotAPartyGirl
Great stories about the natural wonders of the world, like the Grand Canyon and how the Rockies were formed.Published 7 months ago by How about that!
Love this series. Very informative. Learn something new every time I watch.Published 8 months ago by AJ