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Earth Science


Atmosphere

Chasing El Niño
Delve into the myths and learn about research used to understand the ultimate weather machine. 1 hr.

Danger in the Jet Stream
Ride along with three teams that, in January 1997, tried to be first to circumnavigate the planet non-stop in a balloon. 1 hr.

Deadly Ascent
Follow a team of climbers ascending Denali as team members try to solve the mystery of why extreme cold and high altitude can kill. 1 hr.

Dimming the Sun
Learn about the discovery that less sunlight has been reaching Earth and find out the potential impact that the phenomenon behind this -- known as global dimming -- may have on climate worldwide. 1 hr.

Hunt for the Supertwister
Join meteorologists as they chase supertwisters to try to solve the puzzle of how these killer storms spawn and where they are likely to strike. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: Capturing Carbon
Learn about how scientists developed a synthetic "tree" that can remove carbon dioxide from the air, the challenges they faced while developing the system, and how it may be a tool in the fight against global warming. Running time: 12m 06s.

NOVA scienceNOW: Lightning
Follow researchers as they seek answers to questions about how lightning propagates. Running time: 9:00.

Three Men and a Balloon
Follow one of the foremost teams in the race to be the first to circumnavigate the earth in a hot-air balloon. 1 hr.

What's Up With the Weather?
FRONTLINE and NOVA take on a complex and critical phenomenon -- global warming. 2 hrs.


Earthquakes

Day the Earth Shook, The
Find out why almost 100 times more people died in a 1994 Kobe, Japan, earthquake than in a 1995 one in Northridge, California, as well as what scientists have learned from the twin calamities. 1 hr.

Killer Quake!
Take a look at the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake and what it portends for California. 1 hr.

Volcano's Deadly Warning
Discover what causes volcanoes to erupt and learn how one man's discovery of a unique seismic signal given off by quaking volcanoes might help predict impending eruptions. 1 hr.

Wave That Shook the World
Discover what happened and why as experts reconstruct the December 26, 2004, tsunami.


Geology

Arctic Dinosaurs
Discover how dinosaurs may have survived in extreme polar environments and what may have driven them to extinction. 1 hr.

Cracking the Ice Age
Did the crash of continents that produced the Himalayan Mountains also trigger the Ice Age? 1 hr.

Day the Earth Shook, The
Find out why almost 100 times more people died in a 1994 Kobe, Japan, earthquake than in a 1995 one in Northridge, California, as well as what scientists have learned from the twin calamities. 1 hr.

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
The shattered remnants of the Roman city of Pompeii bear witness to the risk that the people of Naples still face today. 1 hr.

Descent Into the Ice
Journey with scientists into Mont Blanc's glaciers, where they search for internal glacial lakes and track water flow in an effort to predict future flood events. 1 hr.

Diamond Deception, The
Makeshift labs in China and Russia are turning out synthetic gemstones that rival natural diamonds. 1 hr.

Doomsday Asteroid, The
Join scientists as they scan the skies and the geological record on Earth for evidence that giant rocks from outer space have struck before and will eventually strike again. 1 hr.

Evolution: Extinction!
Explores the causes of the five mass extinctions that have occurred over the life of the planet -- and takes us to the sources of extinctions happening today. 1 hr.

Garden of Eden
The giant tortoise and an ant-sized frog are just two of the dazzling array of life-forms native to the Seychelles Islands. 1 hr.

Hawaii Born of Fire
From their blistering beginnings as molten rock, the Hawiian islands have grown into a verdant paradise of unique lifeforms. 1 hr.

Killer Quake!
Take a look at the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake and what it portends for California. 1 hr.

Magnetic Storm
Find out how Earth's magnetic field is generated from its core and discover whether it might be headed for a reversal. 1 hr.

Mountain of Ice
Follow a group of explorers and scientists as they scale Vinson Massif, Antarctica's highest peak, collecting snowfall data along the way to help determine Antarctic ice flow. 1 hr.

Mysterious Life of Caves
Explore caves in various stages of formation -- including Mexico's Cueva de Villa Luz and New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns and Lechuguilla Cave -- to investigate the role microbes play in the creation of some limestone caves. 1 hr.

Mystery of the Megaflood
Presents the story of the greatest flood ever found in the geologic record and the geologist who, despite professional ridicule for decades before his theory was accepted, boldly claimed that the flood had occurred. 1 hr.

Mystery of the Megavolcano
See how a group of scientists -- each pursuing his own research -- pieced together the puzzle of one of the greatest natural disasters ever to occur on Earth. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: Fastest Glacier
Find out how the Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier in western Greenland is getting smaller and moving faster due to increased melting over the past ten years. Running time: 7:00.

Origins: Earth is Born
Find out how Earth evolved into a planet, how its magnetic field formed, and the role Earth may have played in the formation of the moon. 1 hr.

Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef
Travel to the Great Barrier Reef for a day to see the annual spawning of coral and other unusual reef inhabitants. 1 hr.

Volcano Above the Clouds
Scale Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of climbers who travel through ecosystems ranging from a cloud forest to a glaciated mountaintop. 1 hr.

Volcano Under the City
Follow scientists as they use a variety of tools to understand the current state of Nyiragongo, a deadly volcano located in the heart of a densely populated valley in the heart of Africa. 1 hr.

Volcano's Deadly Warning
Discover what causes volcanoes to erupt and learn how one man's discovery of a unique seismic signal given off by quaking volcanoes might help predict impending eruptions. 1 hr.

Volcanoes of the Deep
See how deep sea volcanoes can support oases of creatures as well as hold clues to how life itself may have begun. 1 hr.

Wave That Shook the World
Discover what happened and why as experts reconstruct the December 26, 2004, tsunami.


Meteorology

Avalanche!
Scientists take you inside a snow slide to unlock its deadly secrets. 1 hr.

Chasing El Niño
Delve into the myths and learn about research used to understand the ultimate weather machine. 1 hr.

Cracking the Ice Age
Did the crash of continents that produced the Himalayan Mountains also trigger the Ice Age? 1 hr.

Dimming the Sun
Learn about the discovery that less sunlight has been reaching Earth and find out the potential impact that the phenomenon behind this -- known as global dimming -- may have on climate worldwide. 1 hr.

Flood!
The Great Flood of 1993 leaves a wake of destruction across the Midwest. Can rivers ever be contained? 1 hr.

Hunt for the Supertwister
Join meteorologists as they chase supertwisters to try to solve the puzzle of how these killer storms spawn and where they are likely to strike. 1 hr.

Lightning!
Join an investigation that probes the source of lightning. 1 hr.

Methuselah Tree
NOVA examines the fascinating life cycle of the world's oldest living thing, a 4,600-year-old bristlecone pine in California's White Mountains. 1 hr.

Mountain of Ice
Follow a group of explorers and scientists as they scale Vinson Massif, Antarctica's highest peak, collecting snowfall data along the way to help determine Antarctic ice flow. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: Hurricanes
Learn about the potential impact a strong hurricane could have on New Orleans and see how satellite technology may help scientists better forecast hurricane intensity. Running time: 11:55.

NOVA scienceNOW: Lightning
Follow researchers as they seek answers to questions about how lightning propagates. Running time: 9:00.

NOVA scienceNOW: Stronger Hurricanes
Find out whether global warming is making hurricanes more intense. Running time: 6:00 minutes.

Sinking City of Venice
Examine the natural and manmade forces causing Venice to sink and the water to rise and see why a controversial plan to hold back the sea with massive floodgates has been hotly debated for more than 30 years. 1 hr.

Storm That Drowned a City
Follow the reconstruction of Hurricane Katrina's development and destruction and discover the causes of the flooding in New Orleans. 1 hr.

Warnings from the Ice
What does it mean that over the past half century, the coastal ice on the Antarctic Peninsula has been gradually disappearing? 1 hr.

What's Up With the Weather?
FRONTLINE and NOVA take on a complex and critical phenomenon -- global warming. 2 hrs.


Natural Disasters

Avalanche!
Scientists take you inside a snow slide to unlock its deadly secrets. 1 hr.

Chasing El Niño
Delve into the myths and learn about research used to understand the ultimate weather machine. 1 hr.

Day the Earth Shook, The
Find out why almost 100 times more people died in a 1994 Kobe, Japan, earthquake than in a 1995 one in Northridge, California, as well as what scientists have learned from the twin calamities. 1 hr.

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
The shattered remnants of the Roman city of Pompeii bear witness to the risk that the people of Naples still face today. 1 hr.

Descent Into the Ice
Journey with scientists into Mont Blanc's glaciers, where they search for internal glacial lakes and track water flow in an effort to predict future flood events. 1 hr.

Fire Wars
Wildland firefighters battle one of the most destructive fire seasons in U.S. history. 2 hrs.

Flood!
The Great Flood of 1993 leaves a wake of destruction across the Midwest. Can rivers ever be contained? 1 hr.

Hunt for the Supertwister
Join meteorologists as they chase supertwisters to try to solve the puzzle of how these killer storms spawn and where they are likely to strike. 1 hr.

Killer Quake!
Take a look at the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake and what it portends for California. 1 hr.

Mystery of the Megaflood
Presents the story of the greatest flood ever found in the geologic record and the geologist who, despite professional ridicule for decades before his theory was accepted, boldly claimed that the flood had occurred. 1 hr.

Mystery of the Megavolcano
See how a group of scientists -- each pursuing his own research -- pieced together the puzzle of one of the greatest natural disasters ever to occur on Earth. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: Hurricanes
Learn about the potential impact a strong hurricane could have on New Orleans and see how satellite technology may help scientists better forecast hurricane intensity. Running time: 11:55.

NOVA scienceNOW: Stronger Hurricanes
Find out whether global warming is making hurricanes more intense. Running time: 6:00 minutes.

Storm That Drowned a City
Follow the reconstruction of Hurricane Katrina's development and destruction and discover the causes of the flooding in New Orleans. 1 hr.

Wave That Shook the World
Discover what happened and why as experts reconstruct the December 26, 2004, tsunami.


Navigation

Arctic Passage
Relive to legendary expeditions -- one tragic, one triumphant -- to pioneer a route through the Northwest Passage. 2 hrs.

Danger in the Jet Stream
Ride along with three teams that, in January 1997, tried to be first to circumnavigate the planet non-stop in a balloon. 1 hr.

Lost at Sea -- The Search for Longitude
How the quest for a reliable method to find your way at sea was solved by an 18th-century English clockmaker. 1 hr.

Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance
Beginning in 1915, Sir Ernest Shackleton and 27 men survive a year and a half lost in the Antarctic. 2 hrs.

Three Men and a Balloon
Follow one of the foremost teams in the race to be the first to circumnavigate the earth in a hot-air balloon. 1 hr.

Vanished!
The mysterious 1947 disappearance of an airplane high in the Andes en route from Argentina to Chile is finally resolved. 1 hr.


Volcanoes

Buried in Ash
Travel back 10 million years to a water hole on an ancient savanna in what is now north central Nebraska, to the scene of a remarkable tragedy. 1 hr.

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
The shattered remnants of the Roman city of Pompeii bear witness to the risk that the people of Naples still face today. 1 hr.

Hawaii Born of Fire
From their blistering beginnings as molten rock, the Hawiian islands have grown into a verdant paradise of unique lifeforms. 1 hr.

Mystery of the Megavolcano
See how a group of scientists -- each pursuing his own research -- pieced together the puzzle of one of the greatest natural disasters ever to occur on Earth. 1 hr.

Volcano Above the Clouds
Scale Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of climbers who travel through ecosystems ranging from a cloud forest to a glaciated mountaintop. 1 hr.

Volcano Under the City
Follow scientists as they use a variety of tools to understand the current state of Nyiragongo, a deadly volcano located in the heart of a densely populated valley in the heart of Africa. 1 hr.

Volcano's Deadly Warning
Discover what causes volcanoes to erupt and learn how one man's discovery of a unique seismic signal given off by quaking volcanoes might help predict impending eruptions. 1 hr.

Volcanoes of the Deep
See how deep sea volcanoes can support oases of creatures as well as hold clues to how life itself may have begun. 1 hr.


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