Earth Science


New! The Himalaya Connection 58 min.

The collision zone of the massive Indian and Asian tectonic plates is one of the most seismically active places on Earth. These plates trace an arc beneath the Himalaya Mountains and run south below the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, an area that is inhibited by billions of people. This program follows earth scientists working in seven countries who are urgently investigating this high-risk zone.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

New to Our Collection! Life's Rocky Start 54 min.

Four and a half billion years ago, how did life emerge on Earth? Robert Hazen advances a startling idea—that the rocks on Earth were not only essential to jump-starting life, but then, as microbes flourished and took over the biosphere, life helped give birth to hundreds of minerals we rely upon today. NOVA reveals how the story of life on Earth is fundamentally interwoven with the epic, unfolding...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

New to Our Collection! Forces of Nature 240 min.

Take a global tour in four themed episodes, answering the simplest questions about the complex forces that shape our planet. Why is water blue? How can a shape defy gravity? Why do bees make hexagonal honeycombs? And how do these things affect our own lives? Discover what lies beneath Earth's startling beauty as we reveal the secrets of our cosmos and the natural forces that govern everything with...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

New to Our Collection! Forces of Nature: Part 1 - Elements 54 min.

The forces of nature make Earth a restless planet, but they also turned our ball of rock into a home for life. How did our planet’s ingredients, the chemical elements, come together and take that first crucial step from barren rock to a living world?

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

New to Our Collection! Forces of Nature: Part 2 - Color 54 min.

Earth is painted in stunning colors. By understanding how these colors are created and the energy they carry, we can learn the secret language of the planet.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

New to Our Collection! Forces of Nature: Part 3 - Shape 54 min.

We can’t directly see the forces that govern Earth, but we can see their shadows in the shapes of nature that surround us. If we understand why these shapes exist, we can understand the rules that bind the entire universe.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

New to Our Collection! Forces of Nature: Part 4 - Motion 54 min.

The forces of nature have kept Earth on the move since it was formed billions of years ago. Though we can’t feel the motion, we experience the consequences–from tidal bores surging through the Amazon rainforest to the ruinous power of hurricanes.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

Earth in 1000 Years 47 min.

This eye-opening documentary explores the latest scientific and technological developments in the study of earth’s melting ice stores to discover the fate of our planet in 1000 years time. Reaching deep into our planet’s history, scientists search for clues to what might happen in the future. Whilst advanced special effects and high-end computer animation provide us with a window into what this fu...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Fire 50 min.

Dr. Helen Czerski examines two of the hottest natural phenomena on Earth: lightning and volcanoes. More than 3 million lightning bolts strike the planet each day, each 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun and carrying millions of volts of electricity. It kills many thousands of people each year and many more are severely injured. Exactly how lightning works is only just being uncovered. Supe...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Ice 51 min.

Dr. Helen Czerski examines two of the coldest natural phenomena on Earth: icebergs and avalanches. Avalanches claim hundreds of lives every year. Now scientists are learning how something as tiny, fragile and delicate as a snowflake can transform into something as deadly as an avalanche. Changes in snow can give it the quality of concrete when someone is buried underneath it, and CT scanners are h...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016