From a seething ocean of radioactive, molten rock to a refuge for life as we know it, Earth has undergone a staggering series of cataclysmic transformations in its long and epic history. Assailed relentlessly for millions ... more »of years by meteorites, our once toxic and hostile planet has been covered in water and in ice, and seen the rise and sundering of continents, the creation of an atmosphere, and, ultimately, the beginning of life.
HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE plots the twisting course of Earth s amazing journey. Using groundbreaking special effects and traveling to remote locations where our planet still bears the scars of its violent history, this compelling documentary tells a story of unimaginable timescales, world-shattering forces, radical climates, and mass extinctions.
HISTORY journeys back in time to show the creation of Earth s land masses, the birth of the first complex creatures, and devastating extinctions--before speculating on the future when all life becomes extinct.
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"I first watched this show on the History channel at the beginning of last winter and liked it immediately. So I pre-ordered the DVD on amazon right away. It arrived last week and is currently making the rounds in my office!
Many a time, I have visualized how our precocious planet formed and evolved based on paleobiological evidence. I always get a feeling of euphoria whenever I imagine a pristine Earth with dynamics that have been changing over mind-numbing time scales. Well, the graphics in this show come pretty close to my own imagination.
The playback, divided by mostly uneven time segments, starts at around 4.4 billion years ago and eventually works its way to the last ice age before briefly dwelling on the planet's future. There is a time slider that briefly appears at the start of each time segment. Yes, dinosaurs are mentioned and shown but only briefly. Yup, stromatalites are in there as well along with Trilobites. It should be noted that the Cambrian Explosion and the Carboniferous are mentioned. For some reason, I was surprised to learn that granite first formed several billion years ago.
Other subjects discussed in depth include plate tectonics (continents, mountains, etc.), land inhabitation by flora and marine animals and super-volcanoes. The DVD ends with a bunch of scientists dwelling on the future of Earth. I decided not to read too much into their predictions as I won't be around if/when what they predict happens."
Lulu | Doh, Qat | 06/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've had this DVD on autobuy and must say what a treasure it is. We have watched it countless times, my hubby and I, as we enjoy series like these. We loved every minute of it and the digital graphics was superb, very realistic. You sit there riveted to your screen as you watch things unfold. It's mind-boggling, watching how the earth was created.
Earth has a past we can never comprehend, a present we live in and take for granted and a future that is just too scary to contemplate. But all in all, what an amazing planet we live in. This DVD takes us on a journey to the very beginning. 4.5 billion year to be precise, when the planet was formed by meteors colliding in space. Earth goes from a seething hellish mass of fiery molten rock,through numerous major changes that takes billion of years and finally to the present day wonder we live in. And that is not all, we also have a glimpse into the future, when Earth will likely end up as barren and lifeless as Mars. Now, there's a scary thought.
But it seems we don't have to panic just yet, according to the experts we still have a few billions years to go before earth becomes hell again. Phew, that's a relief! Quite frankly anyone would be scared of it!
"An easy to follow account of the history of the earth as told by the rocks. While minimal attention is given on Darwinian evolution, the perspective of the rocks sidesteps religion while re-enforcing support for foundational principles of evolution. Entertaining, quality, unbiased, and educational, How the Earth Was Made sets the story of the rocks without directly attacking religion."
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P. Gaduan | Oman, Middle East | 08/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a Geologist myself, I found this Bluray to be fantastic!, I wish all my lectures at university were similar to this (unfortunately they weren't)
From my point of view, this program delivers easy to follow and understand geological processes and how they have a direct effect on anything else in the Earth's system as a planet.
This title is a must for anyone that wants to learn about landscaping forming, dinosaur and other mass extinction events, continental positioning and what the future holds for the planet (and life for that matter) once the present Ice Age break period finishes...
All in all I give it its well deserved 5 stars!
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justtroy | 03/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Like most people, I was fairly aware of the differences between Darwin's theory and the religious account of creation, but this documentary is presented from a totally different point of view. Watching this documentary you can just focus on the geology of the planet and see how the geological evidence clearly demonstrates what the planet has been through. I really liked this documentary and think it would be an enjoyable watch for anyone with a natural curiosity for the sciences and wants to know more about the earth's history (and future, read below).
The documentary is divided into a timeline and for each period scientists reveal field evidence from the rocks to explain what happened in that period. They take you to landscapes from around the world: South Georgia's wetlands, the Scottish highlands, the Canadian Rockies, the Grand Canyon, the South African diamond mines and even New York's Central Park and show you how these are more than just attractive scenery and staggering views. Each of these geological landmarks tells us about events in the past. There's the event, what triggered it, when it happened, and what it led to... fascinating, fascinating stuff.
At times I felt the movie supposes some knowledge of geology from the viewer but I wouldn't say it's unwatchable because of this. It still explained a lot of the concepts like tectonic plates (which I'd heard of before but didn't quite know what they were), glacier formations and the effects that erode them, and how all these things relate to what happened and is continuing to happen. If you're like me without much geology background, you'll get a lot of new and interesting information like pillow lava (how they're formed and what they tell us) and stromatolites (think of a prehistoric coral, originating 4 billion years ago but still alive today in Western Australia). The technical data (temperatures, dates, and geological aspects) are presented coherently.
What's most interesting about this documentary in my opinion is that it touches upon the future and draws predictions based on the natural progression of events in the planet's past. Sometimes the claims made are shocking. For example, they say that North America and Europe are continuing to drift apart but that one day (although a very long time from now) the reverse will also happen and the East Coast will end up in a collision with Europe. New York will be flattened and turned into a mountain (Don't rush selling your NY real estate though; it's a long time from now. Everything about this documentary is in thousands and millions and billions of years.) If you're keeping up with global warming, pay attention to what they say about ice ages. It will raise your eyebrows. I certainly felt a little more hopeful after watching this film although it's clear that our world will die one day.
Overall it's illuminating and very interesting, and sometimes even frightening, but the facts are enjoyable and are presented in a way that's not overwhelming if you're not that informed about this science. But I wouldn't call it a Geology 101 course or even a full presentation of the scientific theories related to this topic. Many concepts were briefly brushed over, possibly to make the whole thing fit into the 1:30 time. I would have liked more information on the formation of the original "water world" which is left a little unclear (I found the possible explanation of water bearing meteors a little hard to swallow) and more explanation on the shifting ocean currents which is given as the main reason for climate change at one point but without much detail of exactly how this was caused.
The graphics and photography are excellent. A lot of it is special effects, but lots of natural scenery too. I especially enjoy watching documentaries with high production quality, so if you're the same, this one's for you.
Overall I can say that after watching this documentary, I have a lot more understanding and respect for geologists. It's a truly fascinating science that I wasn't adequately in touch with. It's good to know that we have this knowledge, that we can tell the future of our environment just by paying attention to the earth beneath our feet!
If you watch it with children between 12 and 16 it has information that's suitable for them (the formation of coal, diamonds, etc. reminds me of high school science) but be prepared to answer lots of questions. I don't think it's suitable for children younger than this age, beyond the great graphics at least. "