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How the Earth Was Made (2007)

A brief account of the Earth's geological progression, from its creation 4.6 billion years ago to scientists' predictions of its demise more than 2.5 billion years in the future.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Herrmann ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Geoffrey Boulton Geoffrey Boulton ... Himself - Geologist, University of Edinburgh (as Prof. Geoffrey Boulton)
Gary Stevens Gary Stevens ... Himself - Geologist, Stellenbosch University (as Prof. Gary Stevens)
Dan Durda ... Himself - Impact Scientist, Southwest Research Institute (as Dr. Dan Durda)
Martin Van Kranendonk Martin Van Kranendonk ... Himself - Geological Survey of Western Australia (as Dr. Martin Van Kranendonk)
Mark A.S. McMenamin Mark A.S. McMenamin ... Himself - Geologist, Mount Holyoke College (as Prof. Mark McMenamin)
Páll Einarsson Páll Einarsson ... Himself - Seismologist, University of Iceland (as Prof. Pall Einarsson)
Paul McNeil Paul McNeil ... Himself - Paleontoligist, University of Calgary (as Dr. Paul McNeil)
Frederick Rich Frederick Rich ... Himself - Geologist, Georgia Southern University (as Prof. Frederick Rich)
Reese Barrick Reese Barrick ... Himself - Paleontologist, The College of Eastern Utah (as Dr. Reese Barrick)
Jack Robey Jack Robey ... Himself - Geologist, De Beers Mining Company (as Dr. Jack Robey)
Adrian Pfiffner Adrian Pfiffner ... Himself - Gologist, University of Bern (as Prof. Adrian Pfiffner)
Wayne Ranney Wayne Ranney ... Himself - Geologist, Grand Canyon Field Institute
Finnur Palsson Finnur Palsson ... Himself - Climatologist, University of Iceland
Joerg Schaeffer Joerg Schaeffer ... Himself - Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (as Dr. Joerg Schaeffer)


A Documentary about on how the true age of our Planet Earth originated and through computer graphics, what the Earth looked like during its lifetime, and through the information of expert geologists and astronomers. This Documentary will take you through Earth's life when it was a world of lava, water, plants animals, and catastrophes it had witnessed. It will also take to to its super continents Rodinia and Pangea, and how life flourished and died, and it will even take you through Earth's future through geologists' predictions. Written by John Wiggins

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16 December 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Very good, although I expected a little more
16 July 2011 | by BigMak2012See all my reviews

This is an informative and brilliantly presented documentary as it takes us on a ride through time covering almost any major topic on the evolution of the planet Earth and peeks at what the future possibly holds. It lacks on certain aspects though like people have pointed out different topics that didn't get the devotion they deserved such as the effect of human advancement on climate change etc. I agree with them and in addition I found one question conspicuous by its absence. It tells us how the atmosphere of Carbon Dioxide engendered at first which later got filled with Oxygen but it doesn't even mention where did all the Nitrogen come from that 78% of our atmosphere is composed of. But you can't really blame them, after all this is only a one and a half hour video.

All in all it was a great documentary, warts and all, and I will recommend it to anyone who is curious to know about our planet's past.

Disclaimer: Although I have lauded this film, I don't have expertise in geology and can't confirm the accuracy of the data presented in this documentary.

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