How the Earth Was Made
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From a once seething, hellish mass of molten rock to the world that inhabits life today, take a rollercoaster ride through the entire history of Planet Earth. Its 4.5 billion year epic, a story of unimaginable timescales, earth-shattering forces, incredible life forms, radical climates and mass extinctions. Discover how the continents were formed, canyons were carved, and why the world's animals live where they do.
DVD Features: Additional Scenes; Bonus Documentary Inside the Volcano
There's a lot of information in How the Earth Was Made, but perhaps the most interesting relates to time. Quite often, the numbers are so staggering that scientists refer to it as "deep time," an appropriate term when one grapples with the notion that our planet is 4.5 billion years old, or that the oceans were formed by rainfall that lasted literally millions of years, or that 700 million years ago, Earth was completely covered by ice that was a mile thick, with surface temperatures reaching minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other end of the scale are numbers that seem surprisingly small: for instance, it wasn't until 220 years ago that the accepted church doctrine regarding the planet's age (no more than 6000 years, according to the Bible) was seriously challenged and that the key to its past was found in rocks, not scripture, while the discovery that dinosaurs once ruled the Earth came considerably later than that. Using a combination of computer graphics and animation, various drawings and diagrams, photos, location footage, and expert commentary, this fascinating, 94-minute History Channel production takes us from the very beginning, when the planet was formed by meteors colliding in space, through numerous major events (including the appearance of water, granite, and oxygen) and mind-boggling catastrophes (such as mass extinctions caused by volcanic eruptions or the enormous meteor that wiped out 75% of all living things, including the dinosaurs, some 65 million years ago), right up to the present; there's even a glimpse into the future, when Earth will likely end up as barren and lifeless as Mars (no need to hit the panic button yet, though--a few billion more years will pass before that happens). Bonus features include additional scenes and a documentary entitled "Inside the Volcano." --Sam Graham
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For those who are teachers I would recommend all students both remedial in university level watch this because you will learn a tremendous amount in a short period of time there is a longer version of this that was available up until a couple of weeks ago and they pulled it off of prime in evidently there's some dispute it it's a better and more updated version of this film a in every way… If you have seen this film already in miss it please contact Amazon and try to get them to bring it back I am trying to organize his many people as I can so that they will negotiate with the person who originally created this… The one on Amazon prime or on Amazon video Weatherbee a Roku box or fire stick is it comes up saying it is not available in your area it is not available at all actually I called them so please call and try to get this back … No one should miss the more recent version it's a six part series it's about six hours long but it is explosive in literally rewrite history books in many ways I mean the amount of knowledge that is been learned in the last 10 years is finally exposed in this series I hope you all will get a chance to see it in the near future
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.
The age of the earth is truly immense. This documentary brings that home in ways I haven't seen before.
Don't miss the DVD Extra on volcanoes. Again, interesting and informative.
This beats the pants off the TV series of the same name.