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NOVA: Life's Rocky Start DVD

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Life's Rocky StartFour and a half billion years ago, the young Earth was a hellish place - a seething chaos of meteorite impacts, volcanoes belching noxious gases, and lightning flashing through a thin, torrid atmosphere. Then, in a process that has puzzled scientists for decades, life emerged. How did it happen? NOVA joins mineralogist Robert Hazen on the r... ... More
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Life's Rocky Start

Four and a half billion years ago, the young Earth was a hellish place - a seething chaos of meteorite impacts, volcanoes belching noxious gases, and lightning flashing through a thin, torrid atmosphere. Then, in a process that has puzzled scientists for decades, life emerged. How did it happen? NOVA joins mineralogist Robert Hazen on the rocky trail to resolve this enduring mystery.
As Hazen journeys around the globe - from an ancient Moroccan market to the Australian Outback - he advances a startling and counterintuitive idea - that the rocks beneath our feet 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 know and depend on today. This intriguing perspective of the co-evolution of Earth and life is reshaping the grand-narrative of our planet's story. In this stunning adventure through billions of years of history, the story of life on Earth is revealed as fundamentally interwoven with the epic, unfolding story of Earth itself..

Producer: Doug Hamilton, Chris Schmidt, Kevin Young, Melanie Wallace
Executive Producer: Julia Cort, Paula S. Apsell
Production Company: WGBH; Hamilton Land & Cattle, Inc.
Copyright Year: 2016
Director: Doug Hamilton
Narrator: Jay O. Sanders
Writers: Doug Hamilton
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen


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Betsy G. reviewed NOVA: Life's Rocky Start DVD
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Packed with fascinating info
Review by Betsy G. review stating Packed with fascinating info
I bought this DVD because I found the show so fascinating when broadcast. I actually recorded it and took notes on the information provided! I love NOVA because it brings science alive for someone not scientifically trained. Thanks, PBS!
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Fishpoem reviewed NOVA: Life's Rocky Start DVD
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Superb program!
Review by Fishpoem review stating Superb program!
This is, hands-down, my favorite NOVA program. (And Ive watched many.) I rate it so highly for three reasons. First, the presentation itself is captivating and beautifully executed. Second, the pace moves like an action film - never a dull moment. Last, but not least, it presents a truly original concept that, once assimilated, changes how you view evolution forever. No small matter for me - Im a science and engineering type - so very familiar with evolutionary theory.
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Brian reviewed NOVA: Life's Rocky Start DVD
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Lifes Rocky Start DVD as a great addition to my Astrobiology Unit!
Review by Brian review stating Lifes Rocky Start DVD as a great addition to my Astrobiology Unit!
I teach Honors Astrochemistry: From Astronomy to Astrobiology and it is a great addition to our possible origins of life unit in our class. Very thought provoking!

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