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Earth - The Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Professor Iain Stewart is a renowned expert in geology and geo-science – the study of the earth and its atmosphere, oceans and biosphere.
In these acclaimed series, Professor Stewart tells the amazing stories of the relationship between earth, natural forces and the development of human civilisation. With his enthusiastic delivery and hands-on approach matched by phenomenal camerawork the series are a must-see for anyone with even the slightest interest in our planet.
Earth – Power of the Planet This landmark series uses breathtaking footage and specialist imaging to examine the great forces that shape the life story of the planet – volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice
How the Earth Made Us This staggering new vision of our history examines the relationship between human civilisation and Earth, revealing the influence of the planetary forces – earth, water, wind and fire.
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But plasma screen and projection 100’ screen High Definition viewing has come along in my mature years. Discs like Planet Earth, Civilisation, Human Planet, Earth Story, Planet Dinosaur and The Ascent of Man have been devoured and savoured and re-watched. So where does Iain Stewart’s Earth box set fit in?
Well for a start you can experience what you think you already know in a different way. Or you can simply enjoy the original visuals. Or the John Noakes style of adventure reporting. That should pin my age down for you. But as well as these factors I would say Stewart is not afraid to venture into the political aspects of human to life interaction. Not tagged on one liners but carefully constructed positions.
Somewhere in this set I came across something fundamentally new in respect of earth’s formation. Apparently this planet collided with another to make it go the way it has. I do not agree with that. It is too neat. The theory not Iain Stewart’s portrayal of it. For me his best program is Fire on the How Earth Made Us series. This answered my questions about carbon and how oil is formed. He starts from burning wood then to charcoal then how trees left in water become coal and finally how shallow seas evaporate leaving skeletons and other life forms to eventually become oil. I never knew.
But did he pull his punches there? Just when he was suggesting that oil is running out he moves into oil’s carbon effect on the planet; greenhouse gases, global warming (back to pretty adjectives) and how man needs to reduce his desire to burn oil, gas and coal. Are we being socially prepared for a no oil future? My question not his. He also informs us how the onset of farming prevented a new ice age. But he does not link the total farming of our current age with rising global temperatures.
In the Wind program he shows how it helped create the slave trade. He could have mentioned how the discovery of oil led to the end of slavery. One of the overriding effects of all this information, this scientific information is to realise just how fragile we all are on this place where we live. And yet humans have stepped back from the brink before. He did not mention the coal fire days of smokey cities. That is all gone now although Los Angeles and Tokyo have a petrol versions; invisible pollution.
Is it folly to suggest that humans can effect the weather, the climate? When you see how dynamic, how mixed-up all our gases and rocky debris are in this Universe you could think how ridiculous, how pompous it is to believe that little Man could settle it down. But to live life without a balance between what we use and what we put back is self defeating. The individual human is balanced; the social human is deranged.
This set is a must have for geology fans, 'The Power Of The Planet' is split into 5 episodes each focusing on one major geological element of the planet. Volcanos, Atmosphere, Ice, Oceans and Rare Earth (the theory that discusses the odds of us being here and that we maybe unique in the universe). Each is just as interesting as the next with some of the locations that are visited being amamzing.
'How Earth Made Us' is the weaker of the two in my opinion but is still a superb watch. It focuses more on human impact and the way humans have adapted to live with the different geological aspects. Each epiosode focuses on something different. The episodes include Water, Deep Earth, Wind, Fire and Human Planet. THe water one was the weakest in my opinion, focusing more on human history than geology but the other 4 are fantastic with the Human Planet being a real eye opener when it comes to our impact on the planet and argues that we are now the biggest force of nature.
An excellent set, I've watched both Blu-rays twice and I will again. I do recommend buying 'The Power Of The Planet' book as well as it adds a lot of extra information to the brilliant Blu-Ray. It is a great read and very easy to take in.
To sum up, if you enjoy learning about how our planet works, this set is for you. Brilliantly presented, great diversity and some suggestive theories that really get you thinking. Buy it and don't look back!
Personally I'm a geology groupie, and the most enthusiastic compelling geology lecturers are volcanologists (mainly because what they study can potentially kill them, by suffocating gases, extreme heat, choking ash or by banging them on the head with a lava bomb). In consequence, they tend to be a bit perkier than the rest of us. When you add Scotland into the mix, a place where the pretty old rocks to start with have been metamorphosed by past igneous activity into an entire reference book, you end up with Iain Stewart, a terribly gneiss (sorry, nice) man with bags of energy and daring. I too have walked down the Mid Atlantic ridge in Iceland (handily it's located above water)and it's just as fantastic as he makes it. I'll let him abseil down active Ethiopian volcaones though.
As blu rays, Power of the Planet uses an awful lot of stock film (well you can't exactly go back and refilm Mt St Helens blowing up in HD, can you). So it's only the new material that is a slight improvement over the DVD. How Earth Made Us was made in a more lush manner and compares well with the high class BBC nature docs. More series please!
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