Alien Deep with Bob Ballard

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Nature Documentary hosted by Bryan Cranston and Robert Ballard, published by National Geographic in 2012 - English narration

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The Alien Deep. It's a place in the sea, thousands of feet beneath the surface, far from the first crack of light, where the planet's last and greatest secrets hide in the cold darkness of endless night. With cutting edge tools and amazing new camera technologies, National Geographic embarks on a first-ever voyage of deep ocean exploration -- thousands of feet beneath the waves -- to a hidden world of new ecosystems, new species, and new wonders never seen before. This landmark 5-part series follows legendary ocean explorer and discoverer of the Titanic Dr. Robert Ballard as he travels to the deepest and most remote parts of the world's oceans in search of ancient relics and archaeological and natural wonders that have remained unseen and undisturbed for thousands of years. Dr. Ballard and a team of experts travel the world, seeking answers to questions at the root of earth and humanity. To find these answers, Dr. Ballard visits breathtaking sites from volcanoes submerged more than 3,000 feet beneath the Hawaiian islands, to shipwrecks on forgotten ancient Greek trade routes, to cracks in the ocean floor where red-hot magma pours into open water, with cameras capturing never-before-seen rock formations, lava vents and unusual species that call the ocean bottom home. Alien Deep is Dr. Robert Ballard's voyage of discovery, his vision of our ocean planet past, present and future. Produced by National Geographic Television

[edit] Fires of Creation

Dr. Ballard explores the history of volcanoes, and life on earth as he travels from the summit of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii to the crown of its submerged cousin Loihi, a voyage that spans over 16,000 feet from top to bottom. His trip from the lifeless world above the clouds, through the diverse ecosystems on the mountainside, and into the ocean deep runs the gamut of life on earth.

[edit] Wrecks of the Abyss

Textbooks say that the Ancients did not have the guts to brave the open sea, out of sight of land and exposed to the elements, but not surprisingly, Dr. Ballard and his crew are out again to rewrite history. In Wrecks of the Abyss, captain and crew sail out into the deep water sea lanes of the Mediterranean in search of ancient shipwrecks that generations of scholars have written-off as impossible finds.

[edit] It's Alive

Together, with peer scientists from Britain, Ireland, Iceland, and the U.S., Dr. Ballard searches for the origin of life in the planets most unforgiving environment: the darkness and chill of waters thousands of feet beneath the surface. Here, on the slopes of the Mid-Ocean ridges that divide the earths tectonic plates, are formations called chimneys, where molten lava superheats the ocean, mixing in the nutrients and hardening magma that allows life to thrive against the odds.

[edit] Ocean's Fury

Dr. Ballard thinks that rogue waves and all waves are getting larger and more frequent on the seas. In Oceans Fury, Ballard travels the world in search of the forces behind the motion of the ocean, meeting with scientists and practitioners along the way. He talks to oceanographers, climatologists, river boat pilots, surfers, fishers, and more all to prove a single point: the ocean is growing more dangerous by the day.

[edit] Inner vs. Outer Space

Dr. Ballard takes-on the long-held belief that space colonies will save the earth, as argued by on-air Apollo 11 crewmember Buzz Aldrin. To do so, Dr. Ballard travels to Hawaii to meet with experimental open-water aqua farmers; to California, where fast moving personal underwater vehicle are being developed for future ocean colonies; and Texas and Alaska where oil platforms are being converted into sea colonies and new imaging technology is unlocking resources hidden on the ocean bottom.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
Video Bitrate: 4 976 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 6
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 48 min
Number Of Parts: 5
Part Size: 1.80 GB
Source: BluRay
Encoded by: CURIOSITY

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