Treasures of the Earth

Season 1
Explore how precious gems, metals, and energy resources are forged under extraordinary circumstances deep within the Earth, and discover how their unique properties have helped lift humanity from the Stone Age to the stars.
Jay O. Sanders
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  1. 1. Gems
    November 1 2016
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    Discover how these precious gemstones are forged deep within the earth, learn the secrets of their sparkle, and see how they may also reveal answers to some of the biggest questions in the field of geology.
  2. 2. Metals
    November 8 2016
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    Discover how the unique properties of metals have made them a pillar of human civilization.
  3. 3. Power
    November 15 2016
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    Drill down to discover how Earth’s natural treasures provide bountiful energy to power our modern world yet are also driving us to seek new, cleaner alternatives that can help us keep the lights on.

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CHARLES RECKLINGReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A "Very" Good background into the materials of the earth!
What's not to like...I love history and all these elements are part of the plan of the Planet Nbr Three for sure!..Great Goods on why our industries and products are all the same and different in their makeup!
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PaulReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Uncharacteristically heavy pro-nuclear agenda/propaganda
The episode about energy details the various forms of energy we use and the environmental impact of each. During the nuclear energy portion, the narrator says the nuclear power industry has an "image problem." It mentions the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents but blithely dismisses those ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS, instead hyping the industry with several experts singing its praises. It never once mentions the thousands of tons of radioactive waste we are already struggling to dispose of, which will remain fatally radioactive to humans for some 10,000+ years. It's plain irresponsible and a huge oversight.
It's disappointing for a show based on science, discussing the existential impacts our energy use has on our planet, to gloss over such a glaring detail. Maybe the Koch brothers had some say in the script.
Kathleen GloverReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting. Fact filled and engaging
I just finished the first episode---Gems. The program mentions blood diamonds--gems that generate money for warlords and civil wars, but there is no mention of the millions made of "legal" diamonds that enrich European diamond merchants and leave those who mine diamonds in poverty.
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