Earth Story
Unraveling the Secrets of our Planet

Earth Story
Unraveling the Secrets of our Planet

Heralding the new age of digital television, this masterful BBC documentary was one of the first major programmes to usher in the new era, back in 1998.

Aubrey Manning takes viewers on a voyage of discovery across our very own planet, and the wonders within.

Earth Story unravels the secrets of our planet and brings it alive.

The series took three years to make, cost 3 million and was filmed all over the world, from the craters of active volcanoes to the ocean floor.

Where the cameras could not go, in both time and space, the latest animation techniques take over.

Combining live-action footage with state-of-the-art computer graphics which enable us to travel back and forwards through time, this is a fantastic journey of scientific discovery and a comprehensive history of life - in all its forms - on the planet.

The name "Earth" derives from the Anglo-Saxon word erda, which means ground or soil, and is related to the German word Erde.

It became eorthe later, and then erthe in Middle English.

The standard astronomical symbol of the Earth consists of a cross circumscribed by a circle.

Unlike the rest of the planets in the Solar System, humankind did not begin to view the Earth as a moving object in orbit around the Sun until the 16th century.

Earth has often been personified as a deity, in particular a goddess. In many cultures the mother goddess is also portrayed as a fertility deity.

Creation myths in many religions recall a story involving the creation of the Earth by a supernatural deity or deities.

A variety of religious groups, often associated with fundamentalist branches of Protestantism or Islam, assert that their interpretations of these creation myths in sacred texts are literal truth and should be considered alongside or replace conventional scientific accounts of the formation of the Earth and the origin and development of life.

Such assertions are opposed by the scientific community and by other religious groups. A prominent example is the creation-evolution controversy.

In the past there were varying levels of belief in a flat Earth, but this was displaced by the concept of a spherical Earth due to observation and circumnavigation.

The human perspective regarding the Earth has changed following the advent of spaceflight, and the biosphere is now widely viewed from a globally integrated perspective.

This is reflected in a growing environmental movement that is concerned about humankind's effects on the planet.