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Voyage of the Continents is a scientific documentary about the history of the continents of the planet and how they move. The history of the planet Earth and the formation and movement of the continents has been accomplished by the tectonic action of volcanoes and earthquakes. This is shown with stunning visuals and scientific explanations of how these forces have worked to make the world what it is today.

The focus of this documentary is how massive natural forces have formed the world as it is today through the explanation of these forces. It visually shows the movements of continents throughout the history of the planet.

Voyage of the Continents is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on April 27, 2012.

Voyage of the Continents is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Voyage of the Continents on demand atAmazon Prime online.

Pure Science
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
April 27, 2012
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Voyage of the Continents Full Episode Guide

  • One glance at a map of South America says it all: Andes and Amazonian basin. Two huge geological characteristics that describe how the continent came into being. The Amazon was once under the sea. As the water drained away the Andes rose up, creating some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world.

  • North America's mountain chains and huge plateaus were formed by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and the odd ice age. Here we travel from the Canadian Shield, across the Grand Canyon and to the Rockies to understand the extraordinary geological forces at play. We even look into the future, when part of California should be an island in the Pacific!

  • Volcanic activity and climate change define Africa's "modern" history. Modern in geological terms, of course! Recently - meaning 50 million years ago - the Arabian plate snapped off the African continent and joined Southeast Asia. The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden were born.

  • Africa is Mother Earth. Gondwana, the first, single, landmass broke apart into today's continents, but its heart is Africa. Land of rifts, lakes and volcanoes, Africa's mineral deposits testify to its eons-old history.

  • The history of Asia is awash with superlatives. Along with teams of scientists, we discover the incredible volcanic phenomenon that caused the greatest extinction of all time. Asia was the theatre of the world's most violent tectonic collision, and has witnessed the birth of the Earth's highest summits. Today, one of the countries of Asia could one day be swallowed up by tectonics

  • Tectonic forces continue to transform Europe. Iceland is cracking apart, releasing geysers of steam and mountains of ash. The Alps are still rising and the Mediterranean may be drying up. Look into the future of this most intriguing continent.

  • Born of three massive tectonic collisions, the continent of Europe has been transformed many times. In this episode, we discover ancient fossils, petrified forests, and go diamond hunting in the depths of the earth.

  • The Indian sub-continent is still pushing the Himalayas to ever-greater heights. Japan is in the grip of tectonic forces that shake its islands while Indonesia is ravaged by volcanoes. Take a look at the planet's most explosive continent.

  • Remote Siberia is where Asia was born. It's a cold and distant land that has seen billions of years of volcanic activity.

  • The lands of the South Pacific are ancient and spectacular. Australia may be the most stable of landmasses but its neighbors are anything but.