They grace the crowns of royalty, sharpen weapons of war, and both power and pollute our cities. They 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. Treasures of Earth: Gems, Metals, and Power is a 3-part series that will take us on a journey deep inside Earth to uncover the mysteries of how these treasures were created, and to explore how they have allowed humankind to progress and build our great civilizations. But even as that quest continues… we 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: Gemstones like diamonds, rubies, opal and jade are the ultimate treasures. Delve into Earth’s depths to discover how these precious stones are forged and what explains the unique allure of each captivating gemstone.
On CPTV: Wednesday, November 2 at 9:00 p.m.
Metals: Gold, bronze, iron, steel… metals are pillars of our civilization, but what makes them so special? Discover their unique properties and explore how our mastery of metals has led us from the stone age to today’s hi-tech world.
On CPTV: Wednesday, November 9 at 9:00 p.m.
Power: Drill down to discover how Earth’s natural treasures provide bountiful energy to power our modern world yet are also driving us to seek new, cleaner alternatives that can help us keep the lights on.
On CPTV: Wednesday, November 16 at 9:00 p.m.