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How the Earth was Made (Season 2)

How the Earth was Made (Season 2) is a 13-part documentary television series aired on the History Channel, focusing on different geological features and processes of the Earth. The series examines some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world, including the Grand Canyon, Vesuvius, Sahara, the birth of the Earth, Yosemite, Death Valley, Everest, and the Pacific Ring of Fire. 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 - The Grand Canyon
A look at how the Grand Canyon in Arizona was believed to have been formed by the slow draining of an ancient lake.

Episode 02 - Vesuvius
A look at the geologic history of Mount Vesuvius which destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii.

Episode 03 - Birth of the Earth
A trip four billion years back in time to show the formation of planet Earth such as how molten material came together and solidified into rock.

Episode 04 - Sahara
A look at the Sahara, the largest desert on Earth, and how scientists have uncovered fossilized evidence of whales, fresh water shells and ancient human settlements.

Episode 05 - Yosemite
A look at how the geographically diverse Yosemite Valley was formed, and the debate whether it was carved by crushing ice age glaciers or a volcanic ripping of the Earth.

Episode 06 - The Rockies
A look at how the Rocky Mountains are being formed by geologic uplifting from the collision of the Pacific Plate and the North American Continent.

Episode 07 - Ring of Fire
A look at the Pacific Ring of Fire - the largest region of volcanic activity on Earth.

Episode 08 - Everest
A look at the geologic history of Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world; but the Himalayas mountain range was really once an ancient seabed.

Episode 09 - Death Valley
A look at the geologic treasure trove of Death Valley; how one of the hottest places on Earth holds evidence for the coldest times on our planet.

Episode 10 - Mt. St. Helens
A look at the creation of the Mount St. Helens volcano; its history of violent eruptions and the evidence another massive eruption could occur again in the near future.

Episode 11 - Earth's Deadliest Eruption
A look back 250 million years ago when a massive volcanic eruption spewed lava one mile thick over an area the size of Texas and caused intense climatic change.

Episode 12 - America's Ice Age
A look at past Ice Age eras that Earth has experienced throughout its existence.

Episode 13 - America's Gold
A look at how gold was collected by the forming Earth and how its geologic processes concentrated it in various places throughout the globe.


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