(These programs not available for streaming.) Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of our planet's origins than Australia.
NOVA's four-part "Australia's First 4 Billion Years" takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today.
Within minutes, you're dodging marsupials the size of minivans and dragons far longer.
The heat came not only from collision, but from the natural radioactivity building up inside.Join NOVA on the ultimate Outback road trip, an exploration of the history of the planet as seen through the window of the Australian continent.(Program not available for streaming.) What can Australia reveal about how Earth was born and how life took hold? Richard Smith as they journey back to the very beginning of the Australian story in "Awakening." The first stop is Western Australia, around four and a half billion years ago, where we encounter an Earth shortly after its fiery birth.Then, just as the outer crust was beginning to harden, it's thought our planet was almost wiped out.Another competitor, this one the size of Mars, crossed Earth's path.This is no paradise, but, somehow, life gains a toehold then is nearly frozen out.This is the tale of the first Australians, how they survived and flourished.The best way to understand the story of Australia is to get out into it, feel the sun beating down on its ancient bones.And I do mean "ancient." To get a true appreciation of how old Australia really is, you need to get a sense of Deep Time.Australia is a puzzle, put together in prehistoric times.And the clues that unlock the mystery can be found scattered across Australia's sunburnt face. I'll show you that every rock has a history, every creature a tale of survival against the odds.