How have Earth’s most extraordinary natural resources driven the rise of civilization? This three-part series aired November 2, November 9, and November 16 on PBS.
"Treasures of the Earth: Gems, Metals, and Power" is a 3-part series that will take us on a journey deep inside Earth to uncover the mysteries of how these treasures were created, and to explore how they have allowed humankind to progress and build our great civilizations. But even as that quest continues, we are discovering that some of our treasures may soon run out or have unintended consequences that bring new perils. Can ancient treasures reveal new secrets that will help us solve the problems we face today?
For classroom resources featuring video segments from this program, check out The Molecular Structures of Diamond and Graphite, The Physics of Sparkling Diamonds, The Antimicrobial Properties of Copper, Why Do Metals Conduct Electricity?, Turning Trash into Steel, and What Is Metal Foam?
This resource is part of the NOVA: Full-Length Broadcast Collection.