Australia's First 4 Billion Years

Australia's First 4 Billion Years

DVD - 2013
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Of all continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. With help from high-energy host and geologist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. Epic in scope, intimate in nature, this is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all.
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Distribution, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781608838486
Branch Call Number: DVD 559.4 AUSTRALI
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (240 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Nova (Television program)


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Oct 26, 2016

An awesome, fact filled entertaining documentary. This really was a treasure to watch.

Oct 26, 2014

This is the best geology DVD I have seen. It moves through time using the geologic time scale as it goes, interviewing geologists such as Tim Flannery in the field and museum.
Find out where the name "ediacaran" came from and see the primary stromatolite location and learn about GSSPs. It also shows nice animations of the plate movements as australia separates from antarctica. 5 stars!

Mar 28, 2014

Great series, very well done -- engaging and informative without talking down to the audience.

I wish CBC did something similar for Canada. The "Nature of Things" series "Geologic Journey" ( ) that focused on Canada's regions was good, but something parallel to this series, with more on the biological aspect, would be a great.

Dec 26, 2013

First saw it on PBS this year... FABULOUS! Can't wait to see it again. It shatters a lot of misconceptions about the formation of the earth. The author says Australia is on of the oldest parts of the earth... fascinating!!!!!

Dec 26, 2013

I want to pick up at Bellevue Main Library. Please notify by email.

Jul 31, 2013

As is so often the case with PBS and NOVA, this is a high quality documentary. A four part series, it covers Australia's gradual formation, geologically and biologically, over eons, looking at the vast diversity of land, life, and the evidence left behind over billions of years. The host, scientist Richard White, is knowledgeable and informative, and decidedly enthusiastic about his work. The cinematography around the continent is stunning, and the science is related in a manner which keeps the viewer engaged.

aaa5756 Jul 29, 2013

PBS has done it again very well done documentary series. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse, seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see.

Jul 24, 2013

Very good series. If you took geology/geomorphology back in high school or university this show will provide a useful update to your knowledge. If not, this will be a great introduction. The photography is really rather wonderful. As the descriptive blub reports the host of the series is indeed 'high energy', if he'd just calm down for a bit and cut back on the jerky photomontages somewhat the show would be excellent. Even so, it's quite enjoyable.


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