Journeys from the Centre of the Earth
Journeys from the Centre of the Earth is a BBC documentary series presented by geologist Dr Iain Stewart, showing how the rocks beneath our feet have shaped the history of the Mediterranean. The series consists of six episodes, each of which explores the influence of the landscape in a certain field: risky rocks, architecture, art, beliefs, water, and salt. Traveling to the countries of the Mediterranean region including Egypt, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Spain and Turkey, Iain Stewart explains how geology is behind everything from the rise and fall of civilizations to religion, architecture and food.
Episode 1 - Risky Rocks
Traveling to Turkey, Jordan and Greece, Iain Stewart shows how cracks in the Earth have changed the course of human history.
Episode 2 - Architecture
Traveling to Egypt, Italy and Greece, Iain Stewart reveals how geology influenced the Egyptians to build pyramids, the Greeks to build squares and the Romans to build perfect arches.
Episode 3 - Art
Traveling to Egypt, France and Spain, Iain Stewart looks at how advances in our understanding of rocks have given each generation of artists new potential.
Episode 4 - Beliefs
Traveling to Greece, Italy and Portugal, Iain Stewart looks at how geological events have influenced the way we believe the world around us works.
Episode 5 - Water
Traveling to Greece, Spain and Jordan, Iain Stewart tells the story of man's 10,000-year battle with water.
Episode 6 - Salt
Traveling to Egypt, Italy and Norway as Ice Age Mediterranean, Iain Stewart looks at how salt is central to Mediterranean history.
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