NOVA: Treasures of the Earth

NOVA: Treasures of the Earth

Wednesdays at 9pm on ThinkTV16; Mondays at 9pm on ThinkTV14 through November 21

Gems, Power and Metals, oh my! These are Earth’s natural resources: treasures in the forms of stunning gems that we hold dear, metals that have altered the course of civilizations, and fuels that drive our modern world. Scientists are discovering that some of our treasures may soon run out or have unintended consequences that bring new perils. Can our ancient treasures reveal new secrets that will help us solve the problems we face today?

Gems
Wednesday, November 2, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Tuesday, November 8, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

From Tiffany’s workshop in New York to the sapphire mines of Sri Lanka, from North Carolina’s emerald fields to the jade-laden Forbidden City of China, join NOVA in the first episode of a 3-part series, the “Treasures of the Earth,” as we explore the fascinating science of gems. Preview: video.thinktv.org/video/2365855294/.

Power
Wednesday, November 9, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Tuesday, November 15, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Join Nova as we explore the resources that both power and pollute, from modern-day oil prospecting in California, to a mega-city utility company struggling to keep the lights on during hot summer days, to China where an engineer strives to solve one of the greatest obstacles to the success of solar power. Preview: video.thinktv.org/video/2365857316/.

Metals
Wednesday, November 16, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Tuesday, November 22, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Explore the science of metals with chemists and engineers as they literally test the mettle of metals and investigate how these remarkable materials have ushered humanity from the Stone Age to the stars in this final mini-series segment. Preview: video.thinktv.org/video/2365857218/