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        Treasures of the Earth | Full-Length Broadcast

        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.

        Treasures of the Earth: Gems

        Gems: What processes in the depths of the Earth forge beautiful and precious stones?

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        Treasures of the Earth: Metals

        Metals: What is it about the nature of metals that have made them a pillar of human civilization?

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        Treasures of the Earth: Power

        Power: Drill underground to see the treasures that power our world—today and into the future.

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