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"Earth: The Biography" reveals the geological forces that have shaped the planet, specifically volcanoes, the oceans, the atmosphere and ice. Computer-generated imagery and the use of satellite photography offer a balance between dramatic visuals and illuminating facts, while time-lapse photography brings the planet to life.

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From barren rock to the unique planet we know today.
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This episode ventures into the stratosphere to show why our atmosphere is unique.
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This episode tells the story of the oceans fierce waves, huge tidal bores and global currents.
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Volcanoes, an important force in the creation of the planet.
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A look at a glacier in action. Discover why the Jacobshaven glacier is retreating.

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Geologist Iain Stewart investigates the creation of the continents.
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