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Mystery Of The Megavolcano (NOVA)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Episode: B



How about a giant volcanic eruption so bad, so powerful and so emitting of dust that you donít need an asteroid or comet to set life on earth back a billion years?After a trip by scientists to Greenland, evidence from ice core samples reveal some of this planets craziest changes may have happened 75,000 years ago and Mystery Of The Megavolcano is another interesting installment of the ever-impressive NOVA series from WGBH that delves deeply yet again into the science of new discoveries on the cutting edge.


The idea of the discovery is that this megavolcanic blast pumped so much sulfuric acid into the air that it was thrown into another ice killing millions of unknown species and did who knows what to humans.It then moves on to list new potential candidates for the next mega-eruptor, what we should look for and why we should have a healthy concern about it.I liked this show and it reminded me that the series has sadly overtaken actual Science Fiction films and TV as the place to see the latest in interesting science and potential science to be.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image is soft, but was produced in digital High Definition, not taken advantage of here since WGBH does not produce DVDs with anamorphic enhancement. The sound effects are still good, but donít expect Dolby, DTS or Sensurround.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has not real surrounds, but is a recent recording that sounds good.The only extras are weblinks and DVD-ROM printable materials.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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