How did the North American continent form and take the shape it is today? How did life evolve here? And how has Earth’s spectacular landscape shaped human lives and destinies? To answer these fundamental questions, NOVA’s 3-part Making North America series takes viewers on an epic road trip through deep time to witness the clash of nature’s creative and destructive forces that have shaped our land—tectonic collisions, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, grinding ice sheets, and massive asteroid impacts.
In this collection, you'll find original short-form videos from Making North America’s three episodes, Origins, Life, and Human. These media resources help educators to investigate North America’s amazing geology in detail with their students—from the oldest rocks on the continent (3.5 billion years!) to the potential earthquake catastrophe that lies within the Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Northwest. For additional classroom activities, check out the Making North America Interactive Map and the associated Educator’s Guide.