Earth Science


New! Rise of the Superstorms 54 min.

Dive into the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. How can scientists better predict these storms, and what does the 2017 season tell us about the likelihood of similar storms in the future?

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2018

New to Our Collection! Killer Floods 54 min.

In Killer Floods NOVA discovers gigantic scars in the landscape that testify to North America’s greatest ever megaflood, which tore across the western states with 60 times the flow of today’s Amazon.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2017

New to Our Collection! NOVA: Killer Volcanoes 54 min.

NOVA's expert team looks for the signature of a volcanic eruption big enough to have blasted a huge cloud of ash and sulfuric acid into the atmosphere. Killer Volcanoes spotlights the search for the mystery volcano that plunged the globe into a deep freeze and inflicted famine on medieval Europe.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2017

Dust Storm 51 min.

This film looks at the science of what we know about dust storms. It explores what causes them, why they appear to be occurring more frequently and severely in some parts of the world, and what advances have been made in predicting and managing these storms. Filmed in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, the film sheds light on what can be achieved using scientific data, and how this data can guid...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Bahamas 26 min.

Voiced by a local conservation officer, this episode explores one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, which stretches for nearly a thousand miles in the Caribbean Sea. Working together with local scientists and conservation workers, the Golden Shadow team documents the reefs in the Bahamas and probes their ability to cope with the perils of climate change.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Cook Islands 26 min.

The people of the Cook Islands have created one of the world’s largest marine parks, and now they’re working together to figure out what that means to a bevy of conflicting interests, from fishermen to miners. The scientists aboard the “Golden Shadow” lend their expertise, exploring reefs at a far-flung island and helping the residents map their resources.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Galapagos 27 min.

Situated at the confluence of major currents, the Galapagos Islands are not tropical – in fact they are cold. Reefs were only discovered here in 1975. With the help of a local guide, the team battles rough seas and cold water. They discover some flourishing reefs at Darwin Island and, further south, a natural laboratory to test the future of what reefs might expect in just a few decades.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Global Reef Expedition 180 min.

GLOBAL REEF EXPEDITION follows an international team of scientists as they study six of the most remote coral reefs on earth. Journeying to unexplored locations as well as to those more well-known, the team is on a mission to find out how coral reefs are faring. Along the way they face challenges and make new discoveries about life in our oceans. During their five year journey onboard the researc...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Great Barrier Reef 27 min.

The team settles in for a month on the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the world. One scientist is studying sharks and, in a flashback we visit French Polynesia where sharks abound and the team films their natural feeding behaviors for the first time ever. Back on the GBR, the scientists explore the northern reef, which until recently was the healthiest part. The program concludes with new...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Himalaya Connection 58 min.

The collision zone of the massive Indian and Asian tectonic plates is one of the most seismically active places on Earth. These plates trace an arc beneath the Himalaya Mountains and run south below the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, an area that is inhibited by billions of people. This program follows earth scientists working in seven countries who are urgently investigating this high-risk zone.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017