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Order Out of Chaos [electronic resource]

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
The pleasant order we see in our cosmic backyard was, ironically, carved from a chaotic cloud of gas. This program helps develop an understanding of that eons-long process and its ramifications. Studying Saturn's rings, perhaps the brightest jewel to emerge from the ancient celestial maelstrom, the film points out echoes of early-solar-system physics in Oklahoma tornadoes and an Icelandic lagoon. Viewers come to understand how gravity and other forces that kneaded the primordial gas cloud into shape also created one of the most frenzied and frightening phases in the solar system's history - when a rain of comets and asteroids turned our extraterrestrial neighborhood into an immense shooting gallery.
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Run Time
50 min.
7 and up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on December 02, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Seven Wonders of the Solar System
  • Introduction: Order Out of Chaos (2:59)
  • Seasons of the Earth (2:58)
  • Rhythm of the Universe (1:59)
  • Human Ancestors and the Night Sky (2:32)
  • Mars: Retrograde Path (3:17)
  • Governing Principles in the Universe (2:00)
  • Close to a Tornado (1:57)
  • Universal Principle of Spin (2:28)
  • Rotating Air/Rotating Universe (1:16)
  • Rings of Saturn (3:05)
  • Rings of Saturn: What Do They Reveal? (3:05)
  • Structure of Saturn's Rings (5:02)
  • Telescopic View of Saturn (1:51)
  • Moons of Saturn (1:33)
  • Enceladus: Saturn's Tiny Moon (4:00)
  • Icy Plumes of Enceladus (2:36)
  • Enceladus: Source of Heat (1:51)
  • Ice Fountains of Enceladus (1:46)
  • Force of Gravity (4:35)
  • Late Heavy Bombardment of Earth (3:23)
  • Crucible for Life (3:40)
  • Credits: Order Out of Chaos (0:35)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2010.
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  • 43917s Films Media Group
  • 43919 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (50 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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