Making North America | Origins


Mighty, elemental forces molded North America – fiery eruptions, titanic floods, the grinding of great ice sheets, and massive impacts from space all shaped our homeland. This epic three-part series unfolds in a forgotten world that existed long before our own.


Hosted by renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson, Making North America is a spectacular road trip Making North Americathrough a tumultuous deep past explores three fundamental questions: How was the continent built? How did life evolve here? And how has the continent shaped us? Making North America reveals the incredible story of a majestic continent.

The 3 billion-year story of how our continent came to be. From the palm trees that once flourished in Alaska to eruptions that nearly tore the Midwest in two, discover how forces of incredible power gave birth to North America.

Interactive Map

Explore stunning geological sites and search for clues about how the continent was made with the series-companion interactive digital map.