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Jewel of the Earth


Jewel of the Earth

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Item Number:
WG39279
Price:
$19.95
Format:
DVD
Length:
56 min.
Copyright:
2005
Closed Caption:
Yes
Producer:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
4 - 12
Summary:
During the age of dinosaurs, trees began producing a sticky, protective resin that traps and entombs everything it touches. The hardened, honeycolored resin, known as amber, opens a unique window on a lost world of vanished animals and plants, often preserved in exquisite detail.

As a young boy, Sir David Attenborough was given a piece of amber that sparked a life-long interest. In Jewel of the Earth, Attenborough investigates a wealth of embalmed animals and plants, tracing them back to their fascinating origins in the forests of 40 million years ago. Among the highlights of his journey of discovery is a piece of amber that is evidence of the super-continent Pangaea that once united most of Earth's landmasses.

Snippets of DNA and ancient microbes have been extracted from fragments of amber-preserved insects. Could this research lead scientists to recreate prehistoric creatures, as imagined in the movie Jurassic Park? Join Sir David on this time-traveling detective story as he brings his captivating charm and expert insights to the astonishing, glowing world of ancient amber.
Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA Web site; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired.




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