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How the Earth was Made (Season 1)

How the Earth was Made (Season 1) is a 13-part documentary television series aired on the History Channel, showing how geological processes have shaped our planet. The series examines some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world, including California's San Andreas Fault, the Mariana Trench, the Krakatoa volcano, the Alps, the Atacama Desert, Tsunami, and Asteroids. Using interviews with experts, geological evidence, and computer generated graphics, the series explains in an easy-to-understand way how those locations and geological phenomena have been shaped by the immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology.

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Episode 01 - San Andreas Fault
This episode looks at California's 800 mile-long San Andreas Fault which many believe is overdue for a major earthquake in the region.

Episode 02 - The Deepest Place on Earth
This episode investigates the deepest place on Earth, the Mariana Trench, to reveal how it was made by geological processes.

Episode 03 - Krakatoa
This episode takes a look at the geologic history of the Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia, the 1883 eruption which spawned a tsunami that took tens of thousands of lives.

Episode 04 - Loch Ness
This episode looks at the geologic history of Scotland and how the mysterious Loch Ness was carved out by the movement of ancient glaciers.

Episode 05 - New York
This episode examines the geologic history of New York City; how Ice Age glaciers carved the rock beneath the metropolis, and its connection to land on the east coast of Africa.

Episode 06 - Driest Place on Earth
This episode looks at the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert in South America; how this extremely dry landscape was created.

Episode 07 - Great Lakes
This episodes looks at the Great Lakes of North America - the largest expanse of freshwater on Earth; but geologists believe that the region was once an ancient seabed.

Episode 08 - Yellowstone
This episode explores Yellowstone National Park and the caldera super volcano beneath it that is pushing up the land and long overdue for what could be a titanic eruption.

Episode 09 - Tsunami
This episode takes a look at how tsunamis are created, and the possible consequences if a landslide generated megatsunami were to strike the east coast of the United States.

Episode 10 - Asteroids
This episode examines how asteroids played a role in the formation of the Earth.

Episode 11 - Iceland
This episode looks at the geologic history of Iceland and how the forces of fire and ice - volcanoes and glaciers - played a role together in the island's formation.

Episode 12 - Hawaii
This episode examines the geologic puzzle of how the isolated Hawaiian Islands chain was formed and predictions about their future.

Episode 13 - The Alps
This episode explores the Alps mountain range in Europe; how the Alps were created, and the marine fossil evidence found there that shows the land was once below sea level.


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