Voyage of the Continents: Series 1

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Nature Documentary hosted by Doug Paulson, published by Arte in 2012 - English narration

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Over the many billions of years of Earth's history, our planet has never stopped changing. Massive tectonic forces have sculpted and resculpted our world in a never-ending journey. Do you know that Scandinavia was once in the southern hemisphere? And that in the Ardennes we can find coral reefs like in the Bahamas? Or that the largest ocean in the world, the Pacific is endangered? Since its formation 4.6 billion years ago, our Earth has been subjected to forces of incredible power. Around a still hot core, the earth's crust, driven by mantle convection movements, is in perpetual evolution, tirelessly redrawing the map of the continents and oceans. As landmasses assemble and separate, they fuel volcanoes and spark earthquakes, building mountains and tearing valleys. They come together or separate on average by a few millimeters or centimeters per year, sometimes more. On the scale of geological time, they shape the reliefs and deep architecture of the continents. We see the Earth, eons in the making, through the eyes of geologists and other scientists. The history of these continents is part of a "tectonic waltz" of land and sea, a concept as important for the history of the Earth as Darwin's theory of species for the evolution of Man. Tectonics have created life– and destroyed it as well. Huge volcanoes and devastating earthquakes continue to dominate human history. This is a story of high drama and intense beauty, the interaction of geology and life. A true Voyage of the Continents. Directed by Christopher Hooke & Yanick Rose; A French-Canada Co-Production by La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse / Ideacom International and ARTE France in participation with CNC, Discovery World HD, TFO, RTBF and CNRS Images

[edit] Oceania: The Tectonic Ring of Fire

The history of Oceania is the history of the Earth as a whole. Along with scientists, we track the information recorded in its relief, from the first forms of life on Earth, to their destruction and rebirth.
Welded to Antarctica for millions of years, Australia is today a deserted landscape that enjoys extraordinary stability. Its neighbours do not share the same luck. New Zealand is perilously located between two tectonic plates, and the volcanic islands of the Southern Pacific could explode, thus disappearing from the ceaseless Voyage of the Continents. In this episode we explore the fiery results of the collision of the Australian and Pacific plates.

[edit] Asia: The Tectonics of Life and Death

The history of Asia is awash with superlatives. Along with teams of scientists, we discover the incredible volcanic phenomenon that caused the greatest extinction of all time.
Asia was the theatre of the world's most violent tectonic collision, and has witnessed the birth of the Earth's highest summits. Today, one of the countries of Asia – which is the world's most densely populated continent – could be swallowed up, in the ceaseless Voyage of the Continents. Remote Siberia is where Asia was born. A cold and distant land that has seen billions of years of volcanic activity. In this episode we see evidence of the greatest destruction of life in the history of the Earth. And we follow Siberia as it wanders the Earth's surface eventually joining with other land masses to form our planet's largest continent.

[edit] Asia: Rising Mountains and Sinking Countries

Asia is a closely watched continent. Teams of scientists keep a constant eye on it.
Asia is a continent on high alert. The Indian sub-continent that smashed into the mainland eons ago is still pushing the Himalayas to ever greater heights. The tectonic activity in the south of the continent extends as far as Nepal and the Tibetan plain. Off the east coast, Japan is in the grip of tectonic forces that shake its islands with devastating force while Indonesia is ravaged by volcanoes. China is also affected and, like Japan, is exposed to daily earthquakes. The volcanism of the entire region, in Japan and in Indonesia, is both a danger and a resource, and many risk their lives to exploit it. These tremendous phenomena are the fruits of the ceaseless Voyage of the Continents. In this episode we chart the present and look into the future of the planet's most explosive continent.

[edit] Europe: Tropical Beginnings

Europe's geological history is mysterious. Continent was constructed out of three massive collisions by what was to become America, Asia and Africa.
Born of three massive tectonic collisions the continent has been transformed many times. Each impact caused cataclysms on a tremendous scale, creating a world of chaotic forms and bright colours. Over time, mountain chains that were even higher than the Himalayas sprung up in Scandinavia and Scotland, where today the great central plains lie. After millions of years of erosion, Europe has become a sea floor. It has been invaded by unusual life forms, and some of our species have modified the very shape of the continent. These metamorphoses in time and space are part of the ceaseless voyage of the continents. In this episode we discover ancient fossils, petrified forests and go diamond hunting in the depths of the earth.

[edit] Europe: A Turbulent Future

Europe grew out of three massive collisions with what became America, Asia and Africa. But although the continent has been assembled, it is still changing.
Tectonic forces continue to transform Europe. Iceland is cracking apart at the seams, releasing geysers of steam and mountains of volcanic ash. The Alps are still rising and the Mediterranean may be drying up. Scientists working in the field will provide us with an understanding of the history of our Earth, and its majestic and destructive phenomena. The birth of the Alps, the disappearance of the Mediterranean, outstanding underground areas, and imminent earthquakes are only some of the forms brought about as a result of the ceaseless Voyage of the Continents. In this episode we look into the future of the Earth's most intriguing continent.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
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Video Resolution: 1920x1080
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: E-AC3
Audio Bitrate: 224 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 51 min
Number Of Parts: 5
Part Size: 1.26 GB
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