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Mystery Of The Megaflood (Nova)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Documentary: B-



The Scablands in Washington State are so unique in structure that speculation about how they got that way has gone on for eons.  Some scientists have considered that perhaps that despite the separation and unusual patterns of the lands, a great flood could have made the entire area possible.  The result of the theories and research is shown in Mystery Of The Megaflood, a new installment of the great PBS science series Nova from WGBH Boston Video.


If evolution is not enough, maybe plate tectonics, erosion and massive amounts of water are more than enough to build an argument about whether the lands were actually created this way centuries ago.  Slowly, precisely and in great detail, the nearly hour-long program covers the large area in general to establish it, then goes into deeper and deeper detail about how all the variations could have happened.  The result, especially after al the effort, is a pretty convincing argument that what may be the biggest flood known to man caused all of this.  You have to see it for yourself to really appreciate what it took to establish this view, but that is what you can always expect from Nova.


The letterboxed 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 image is not bad, though one wishes it was anamorphic.  With that said, it is newly shot and always interesting to watch with its models and digital graphics showing how the scientists involved trace all their theories through.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds, but is a recent recording with good fidelity.  Extras are the usual WGBH weblink and DVD-ROM printable educational materials, but that is all.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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