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Episodes: 7

Length: 60 min.

Grade Levels:
9, 10, 11, 12


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Planet Earth

Take your students on a remarkable exploration of planetary science —a journey from the arid moons of Jupiter to the frigid waters beneath the polar ice cap. The acclaimed series Planet Earth will give your classes a foundation in geology, oceanography, climatology, and astronomy, guided by the insights of noted scientists in disciplines ranging from atmospheric chemistry and geology to physics and astrophysics. With stunningly beautiful cinematography and special effects, Planet Earth ensures that your students will see the earth around them with new eyes.

Episode Guide

1. The Living Machine — Plate tectonics, one of the most important discoveries of the twentieth century, is explored at such sites as the erupting Kilauea volcano and the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the submersible craft Alvin.

2. The Blue Planet — The oceans may still be the last great unexplored frontier on earth. Major new revelations about the sea are presented by scientists aboard the space shuttle and diving to the depths of the “middle ocean” to view rare life forms.

3. The Climate Puzzle — Follow the clues that have helped scientists piece together an unfolding mystery — what caused the ace ages, how Venus’ greenhouse effect may have parallels on earth, and what Antarctica’s eerie ice rivers demonstrate.

4. Tales from Other Worlds — Through little-seen footage shot in space and special effects, visit the great failed star of Jupiter, probe the raging volcano of Io, and peer through acid rain clouds to see the surface of Venus for the first time.

5. Gifts from the Earth — What treasures lie hidden beneath the Red Sea and Antarctic ice cap? By examining the earth’s mineral and energy sources, scientists analyze how the theory of plate tectonics has revolutionized the search for earth’s riches.

6. The Solar Sea — Geologists investigate an 800-million-year -old rock record of sun activity in an ancient Australian lake bed, and fabulous ground and satellite photography of the aurora borealis all contribute to an understanding of earth’s relationship to the yellow dwarf we know as the sun.

7. Fate of the Earth — Theories about the global consequences of a “nuclear winter” and an “ultra-violet spring” are revealed in this final episode that explores the role of life in shaping earth and its future.

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