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Life From Light [electronic resource]

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
It was plants that first harnessed light from the sun to create a life-giving atmosphere, transforming a barren rock into the lush world we know today. In this program, geologist Iain Stewart journeys from a spectacular rain forest growing inside a cave to remote African deserts to explore the crucial role of the plant kingdom in the development of life on Earth. He also uncovers the epic battle between the dinosaurs and the planet's tallest trees, explains why plants are green and oceans are no longer purple, uses electron microscopy to show plants breathing, and provides photographic evidence of plants signaling other plants of danger - captured here on film for the first time.
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Run Time
50 min.
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on March 22, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
How to Grow a Planet
  • Transformation of a Planet (1:57)
  • Life from Light (1:55)
  • Turning Point in History of Life on Earth (1:59)
  • Breathing Oxygen from Ancient Rocks (2:22)
  • Purple Earth (1:45)
  • Cyanobacteria (1:12)
  • The Eden Project (2:11)
  • Replenishing Oxygen (1:57)
  • Close-up of Photosynthesis (1:53)
  • Successful Experiment (2:34)
  • Metaphor for the Planet (1:26)
  • Plants Establish a Toehold (2:39)
  • Roots Create Soil (2:30)
  • Living Fossils (1:38)
  • Plants Making Food (1:57)
  • How Plants Breathe (2:53)
  • Evidence of Ancient Forests (2:01)
  • Giant Insects (2:38)
  • Dinosaurs (2:04)
  • Plant Kingdom Strikes Back (1:30)
  • Plant Language (2:21)
  • Biggest Trees on Earth (1:53)
  • Giants of the Plant Kingdom (2:12)
  • Making a Living Earth (1:53)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2012.
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  • 52494s Films Media Group
  • 52495 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (50 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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