Earth Story (1998) BBC

The Living Earth

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Episode 7: The Living Earth

Over the past 4 billion years, life has evolved from simple single-celled organisms into the tremendous variety of plants and animals that exist today. As scientists learn more about the Earth's history, they are realizing that the forces which have shaped the planet have also had a profound effect on the course of evolution. The movement of the tectonic plates has rearranged the continents, providing ever-changing conditions for living organisms, stimulating the evolution of new life-forms. Violent volcanic eruptions, meteorite impacts and drastic climatic changes have triggered mass extinctions, causing setbacks to life on Earth. But the same events have provided new opportunities for the survivors.

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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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