In this landmark BBC series, Dr Iain Stewart tells the story of how our planet works and how, over the course of 4.6 billion years, it came to be the remarkable planet it is today. Examining the great forces that shape the earth - volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice - the programme explores their central roles in our planet's story. How do these forces affect the earth's landscape, its climate, and its history? CGI gives the audience a ringside seat at these great events, while the final episode brings together all the themes of the series and argues that earth is an exceptionally rare kind of planet - giving us a special responsibility to look after our unique world. This is a series that shows the earth in new and surprising ways. Extensive use of satellite imagery reveals new views of our planet, while time-lapse filmed over many months brings the planet to life. Offering a balance between dramatic visuals and illuminating facts, specialized imaging and gripping narrative, this ground-breaking series makes global science truly compelling.
Innovative programme that utilises specialist imaging and a compulsive narrative to illustrate the workings of our planet and goes some way into highlighting the reasons why Earth is so special.
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Reviewed by Stephan from Cape Town, South Africa on 22 January 2013
Geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a force of nature on Earth.
How do waves form? What does the inside of a glacier look like? How did carbon dioxide SAVE our planet? How did the dinosaurs become extinct? Why do the continents shift? Why we are actually living under water (similar to a lobster) and don't even realize it. How did life form? How did our planet form? How did Earth's sister planet create the moon? Why the moon is slowly but surely leaving planet Earth. How Jupiter protects the Earth.
Very insightful and beautifully shot in HD along with excellent graphics.