Earth Story (1998) BBC

The Time Travellers

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Episode 1: The Time Travelers

First in series of programmes which set out to explore a revolution in our understanding of our planet and its relationship to life presented by Aubrey Manning. How old is the earth & what did it look like when it was newly formed. Geologists, who study the Earth, seek to understand the processes that have shaped our planet throughout its history, creating the world we see around us. To do so, they must reconstruct the Earth's past. Yet how can we tell what happened in distant epochs when there were no witnesses to record events? Around 200 years ago scientists first began to realize that clues to the past lay all around them, in the rocks that make up the Earth's surface. as they learnt how to read these rocks, they began a journey back through time which geologists continue to this day.

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Earth Story unravels the secrets of our planet and brings it alive. The series took three years to make, cost 3 million and was filmed all over the world, from the craters of active volcanoes to the ocean floor. Where the cameras could not go, in both time and space, the latest animation techniques take over. Combining live-action footage with state-of-the-art computer graphics which enable us to travel back and forwards through time, this is a fantastic journey of scientific discovery and a comprehensive history of life - in all its forms - on the planet. Stunning documentary following scientists in various locations around the world - at the bottom of the ocean, in an active volcano, up the Himalayas etc - as they explain the story of the Earth. Heralding the new age of digital television, this masterful BBC documentary was one of the first major programmes to usher in the new era, back in 1998. Aubrey Manning takes viewers on a voyage of discovery across our very own planet, and the wonders within. Earth Story unravels the secrets of our planet and brings it alive. The series took three years to make, cost £3million and was filmed all over the world, from the craters of active volcanoes to the ocean floor. Where the cameras could not go, in both time and space, the latest animation techniques take over. Combining live-action footage with state-of-the-art computer graphics which enable us to travel back and forwards through time, this is a fantastic journey of scientific discovery and a comprehensive history of life--in all its forms--on the planet.



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