Miracle Planet

Miracle Planet

2005, History, Science
The origins of Earth and the events that made it conducive to life.

Episode Guide

  • Miracle Planet - Life Indestructible (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    Life Indestructible

    Earth provides a rich environment, and many factors continually shape the planet's condition.

  • Miracle Planet - Survival of the Fittest (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    Survival of the Fittest

    Mammals rise to dominance 65 million years ago; primates begin to evolve 55 million years ago.

  • Miracle Planet - Extinction and Rebirth (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    Extinction and Rebirth

    Cataclysmic events destroy most life 250 million years ago, allowing the dinosaurs to rise to supremacy.

  • Miracle Planet - New Frontiers (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    New Frontiers

    To survive on land, ocean creatures had to adapt to breathing air; predators; changes due to tectonic shifts.

  • Miracle Planet - Snowball Earth (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    Snowball Earth

    Scientists hypothesize that changes caused by the Ice Ages allowed microbial life to evolve and become more complex.

  • Miracle Planet - The Violent Past (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    The Violent Past

    Scientists hypothesize that all life came from microbes that established themselves four billion years ago and survived as the earth was bombarded with asteroids.

  • Miracle Planet - Our Fragile Earth (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Our Fragile Earth

    Civilizations have flourished and faded due to natural and/or man-made global changes.

  • Miracle Planet - Materials of Civilization (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    Materials of Civilization

    Metals recovered by humans after a complex natural process deposits them in the Earth impact history.

  • Miracle Planet - End of the Dinosaurs (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    End of the Dinosaurs

    Theories, including a massive meteorite striking the Earth, try to explain the abrupt end of the dinosaur age 65 million years ago.

  • Miracle Planet - Ice and Sand (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Ice and Sand

    Glaciers; formation of the Sahara; visuals illustrate the Laurentide ice sheet, continental drift, global air circulation.

  • Miracle Planet - Every Living Thing (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Every Living Thing

    During Earth's early evolution, sea vegetation facilitates plant growth on dry land.

  • Miracle Planet - ... And the Ground Below (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    ... And the Ground Below

    The heat of the Earth's core moves continents and creates new continents.

  • Miracle Planet - The Air Above ... (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    The Air Above ...

    The formation of Earth's atmosphere is linked to how life began on the planet.

  • Miracle Planet - In the Beginning (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    In the Beginning

    Computer animation shows how the universe was formed billions of years ago.

  • Miracle Planet - Home Planet (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Home Planet

    People try to rectify damage caused by deforestation, depletion of fossil fuels and pollution of ocean and atmosphere.

  • Miracle Planet - Riddles of Sand and Ice (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Riddles of Sand and Ice

    Dramatic climate changes affect the planet; scientists study a potential ice age.

  • Miracle Planet - Patterns in the Air (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Patterns in the Air

    Land becomes fertile as an ozone layer forms; deforestation drastically alters the global climate.

  • Miracle Planet - Life From the Sea (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Life From the Sea

    Ancient sea organisms help create an atmospheric balance favorable for the development of life on land.

  • Miracle Planet - Heat Within (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Heat Within

    The release of heat from Earth's interior splits continents, creates landforms and deposits mineral lodes.

  • Miracle Planet - Third Planet (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Third Planet

    Scientists study events leading to Earth's formation and the emergence of qualities conducive to life. Host: Bill Kurtis.