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Philippe Cousteau Jr. is no stranger to exploration. The grandson of legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, Philippe hosts and serves as executive producer of this half-hour earth science series that examines the planet. He visits diamond and gold mines to see how gems and metals are formed, travels to active volcanoes to observe what happens inside the Earth's burning core, and checks out weather stations in mountainous areas to get an idea of how weather phenomena form in the atmosphere.

Latest episodes

aired 233 days ago
New Hampshire; why leaves turn colors in the fall; Acadia National Park; Napatree Point.
aired 240 days ago
Delaware Bay salt marsh; Pamlico Sound; tide pools in Hawaii; the Bore tide in Alaska.
aired 247 days ago
Lionfish near the coral reefs off Curacao; oysters of the Chesapeake Bay; an oil spill's effects in Alaska; rebuilding the Louisiana wetlands.
aired 254 days ago
Grand Canyon; an ancient cave on the island of Curacao; Lake Michigan; ice ages.
aired 261 days ago
Petrified National Forest; Crater Lake; a giant forest of kelp off the Southern California coast; glowworms in New Zealand caves.
aired 268 days ago
Alaska: a brown bear hunting for salmon; Denali National Park; scuba diving in frigid waters; panning for gold.
aired 275 days ago
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center; satellites; flight in a DC-3 aircraft; an observatory where new stars are discovered; a spacewalk.
aired 282 days ago
The Canadian Rockies: Lake Louise; a glacier; the woodland caribou; white-bark pine trees; an archaeologist provides artifacts of people living in the area 10,000 years ago.
aired 289 days ago
Mount Saint Helens; how mountains are formed and earthquakes caused; oceans and waterways in constant motion; how the planet speeds through the galaxy.
aired 296 days ago
An estuary in North Carolina; sea life in Curacao; a NASA satellite monitors precipitation; near Quebec City is a hotel made entirely of ice.
aired 303 days ago
The Grand Canyon; Bryce Canyon; Monterrey Bay; unusual sea creatures.
aired 310 days ago
The Mohave Desert; Death Valley; Joshua Tree National Park.
aired 317 days ago
Yosemite National Park: El Capitan; Half-Dome; Mariposa Grove's 500 giant sequoia trees; wildlife that thrives in the park's ecosystems.
aired 324 days ago
Renewable sources of energy to replace fossil fuels and clean up the atmosphere: solar panels, wind turbines, hydro-power, algae biofuel.
aired 331 days ago
Croatia's waterfalls and caves; Plitvice Lakes National Park; stalactites and stalagmites; the island of Brac's limestone quarries; a stone masonry school.
aired 338 days ago
Hawaiian Islands: traditional methods of catching fish and collecting sea salt, sea creatures along the coral reef, a limestone cave where ancient artifacts are preserved.
aired 345 days ago
Red rock formations in Sedona, Ariz.; Hawaii's red, black and green beaches; colorful hot springs in Yellowstone National Park; colorful animals include the octopus, who can change color in an instant.
aired 352 days ago
Iceland: waterfalls and geysers, a volcanic mountain that may erupt at any time, producing electricity with geothermal and hydro power, a large glacier.
aired 359 days ago
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute makes discoveries under the deep sea; coral reefs off the Florida coast; the power of Maui's massive waves.
aired 366 days ago
Dinosaur bones and footprints; how the Hawaiian islands evolved from volcanoes; an old coal mine; how fossil fuels were formed.
aired 373 days ago
Causes of recent forest-fires; lightning strikes; a glacier and an ice cave in Iceland; why glaciers are melting and how it will change the sea level.

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