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Sioux Falls Scientists endorse How the Earth Was Made Season Two
as it covers the formation of specific features of planet Earth.

How the Earth Was Made
The Complete Season Two

How the Earth Was Made Season Two (2010) - 611 minutes
How the Earth Was Made Season Two at Amazon.com

Spectacular on-location shooting, evidence from geologists in the field, and clear, dramatic graphics combine in Season Two of this stunning series from History™ to show how immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology have formed our planet.

This season, How the Earth Was Made goes back in history - from 4.5 billion years ago to today - peeling back layers of rock, filling up river canyons, parting the oceans, and leveling mountains and volcanoes to investigate the origins of some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world. With rocks as their clues and volcanoes, ice sheets and colliding continents as their suspects, scientists launch a forensic investigation that will help viewers visualize how the Earth has evolved and formed over millions of years.

Experience all 13 episodes of this landmark series on four DVDs: Grand Canyon, Vesuvius, Birth of the Earth, Sahara, Yosemite, The Rockies, Ring of Fire, Everest, Death Valley, Mt. St. Helens, Earth's Deadliest Eruption, America's Ice Age, and America's Gold.

  • Grand Canyon
    As the Pacific ground into the North American plate, a giant plateau pushed up over a mile in the air. The Colorado River, meanwhile, drained the Rockies and with its thick load of sediment, and carved this amazing canyon, almost 200 miles long and over a mile deep, in the plateau.
  • Vesuvius
    With two million people living in the vicinity, mostly in the city of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius is possibly the world's most dangerous volcanic site. Could a super-volcano that exploded in the past be brewing today, ready for the next megablast?
  • Birth of the Earth
    How did our planet - the actual rock we live on - come into existence? A swirling disk of gas and dust formed the proto-planets almost five billion years ago. Two of them smashed into each other with unimaginable violence, and the Earth-Moon system was born.
  • Sahara
    Today, the Sahara is the largest desert on earth. It is also the sandiest, the hottest and the widest. Yet ancient rocks in the middle of the Sahara show that this landmass was once covered in ice. It was also once fertile with plants and crops. What happened?
  • Yosemite
    The Sierra Nevada mountain range contains both Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in mainland America, and one of the most amazing sites in the world - Yosemite Valley. Walled by sheer 5000-foot cliffs of granite, the valley has been gouged out by the last great ice age. But how did the granite get there?
  • Rockies
    From Alaska to New Mexico, the Rockies are one of the great mountain belts of the world - caused by tectonic forces of the Pacific plate pushing against the North American continent. Young in geologic years - when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth they had not even started to form - they continue to rise today.
  • Ring of Fire
    The single longest linear feature on plant Earth - it circles almost the entire Pacific - is a ring of active volcanoes from White Island just north of New Zealand, through the South China seas and Japan, to the Aleutians, the Cascades and down through the Andes.
  • Everest
    The tallest and biggest mountain on Earth, as far removed from sea level as it's possible to be - and yet its sedimentary layers contain fossils that were once creatures that lived on the ocean seabed.
  • Death Valley
    Not only a place of natural splendor but a geologic treasure trove as well, Death Valley hides in its walls evidence of the coldest time on our planet - ironic in such a hot place.
  • Mt. St. Helens
    Over 20 years ago this active volcano - thought to be dormant - shocked America when it erupted. Now a new plug has formed in its throat and is rising. When it blows it will be like uncorking a champagne bottle, releasing pressure below and allowing dissolved gases to escape and explode.
  • Earth's Deadliest Eruption
    In the remote wastes of Siberia, usually buried under the snow, are the remains of one of the greatest catastrophes that the Earth has endured - a massive global warming that caused 95% of the species on Earth to become extinct. Yet life hung on and in time the disaster paved the way for the next great phase of life on Earth - the age of the dinosaurs.
  • America's Ice Age
    Why do we have ice ages and when is the next one due? As the Earth circles the sun, its orbit changes slightly and so does its angle of rotation. When the right wobble in our rotation combines with the right orbit, the Earth is, and will again be, plunged into an ice age - but maybe not for a few thousand years.
  • America's Gold
    When it was created, the Earth included a tiny percentage of gold atoms and, over the eons, geologic processes have concentrated it into various nooks and crannies around the globe. The best of it is in ancient Precambrian rocks in South Africa where the deepest mines in the world extract it. Now in Nevada, sedimentary rocks are leached on a truly vast scale to extract the gold.

How the Earth Was Made
The Complete Season Two

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse How the Earth Was Made Season Two
as it covers the formation of specific features of planet Earth.