In this one-hour special, the Conductor has a special surprise for our favorite Pteranodon Family, the Dinosaur Drill train! This amazing machine gives its passengers a front row seat as they dig deep underground on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure below the Earth’s surface. There they discover a whole new world from fossils and troglobites to rivers of lava. The family gains a whole new perspective on our planet and what it’s made of… especially after a runaway mine cart thrill ride!
Calcite (Cumbria England), from the collections of the Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University. photo: Rob Tinworth
NOVA Life’s Rocky Start aired on WSKG TV on January 13 at 9pm. Watch the full episode now:
Four and a half billion years ago, the young Earth was a place of meteorite impacts, volcanic eruptions, and lightning flashing through a thin atmosphere. Then, in a process that has puzzled scientists for decades, life emerged. How did it happen?
Watch NOVA: Making North America Human on WSKG TV on November 18 at 9 p.m.
In the third and final hour of Making North America, NOVA explores the intimate connections between landscape, the colonizing of the continent, and the emergence of our industrial world. From prehistoric tools to today’s oil and gas boom, North America’s hidden riches have been key to our prosperity. As a result, human activity has transformed the continent on a scale that rivals the geological forces that gave birth to it billions of years before. Even as we shape the continent to our needs, geologic processes inexorably continue and raise risks of catastrophe to human civilization. Watch Making North America Origins here.
Tonight at 9p.m. on WSKG TV- NOVA Making North America | Life, tells the intertwined story of life and the landscape in North America. Host Kirk Johnson travels to the North Dakota Badlands and the southern Utah desert to answer the riddle of why so many dinosaurs flourished there, and to see traces of the asteroid that wiped them out. With the dinosaurs gone, mammals flourished and the ancient forests became home to some of the earliest primates. Kirk unravels the mystery of why they too disappeared, leaving North America mostly primate-free until the arrival of humans millions of years later. How did life emerge on our primeval continent? Why was North America home to so many iconic dinosaurs like T. rex? And how did a huge sea filled with giant marine reptiles end up covering Kansas?
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. z
Hosted by renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson, Making North America is a spectacular road trip through 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?
Join us for a special sneak peak of NOVA: Making North America, a bold and sweeping biography of the continent, hosted by Kirk Johnson, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Two screenings will take place, please choose to attend one. October 22nd at SUNY Cortland 7pm
Expert Panel features SUNY Cortland Scientists:
Biologist and SUNY Cortland President Dr. Erik Bitterbaum
SUNY Cortland Geologists; Dr David Barclay, Dr. Robert Darling,
Dr. Gayle Gleason,Dr. Li Jin, & Dr Christopher McRoberts. or attend
October 23rd at WSKG Studios 6:30pm
Expert Panel features Scientists from Binghamton University, Dr. H.Richard Naslund
SUNY Broome Dr. Bruce Oldfield, Jason Smith and the Paleontological Research Institute. WSKG Studios event will begin with a short reception.