How the Earth Was Made

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Science Documentary hosted by Edward Herrmann and Harry Chase, published by History Channel in 2008 - English narration

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How the Earth Was Made 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."

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Travel around the globe, and below its surface, to plumb the mysteries of the always-fascinating volcano. From gorgeous, pyrotechnic lava floes on Hawaii to awe-inspiring mushroom-clouds, humans cannot help but be fascinated by the earth-shaking grandeur of volcanoes. For four billion years, volcanoes have impacted life on earth. Empires have been destroyed, civilizations decimated – not to mention the possible extinction of dinosaurs and spurring of Ice Ages. And, like tuning a car engine by measuring its emissions, we can learn how our planet works by measuring the elements emitted from its diabolical vents. In this incredible special presentation, travel with INSIDE THE VOLCANO to hotspots around the world made infamous in history – from the volcanic islands of Greece to the towering mountains of Italy; from the long ridges of Iceland to the eruptive volcanoes of Indonesia; and of course here in the United States, from the mountainous Cascades range in the Pacific Northwest to the hotspots over Hawaii. This is a breathtaking journey across time and across continentsMost amazing of all, using cutting-edge computer graphics, take a one-of-a-kind journey into the magma chambers of the volcano, deep underneath the earth's crusts. Voyage INSIDE THE VOLCANO to fully experience the living, thriving spectacle of your planet.

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  • Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
  • Video Bitrate: 1244 kbps
  • Video Resolution: 720 x 416
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.731 (16:9)
  • Frames Per Second: 25
  • Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3)
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s AC3 48000 Hz
  • Audio Streams: 2ch
  • Audio Languages: English
  • RunTime per Part 90.mins
  • Number Of Parts: 2
  • Part Size: 897 MB
  • Source: DVD
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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