My father turned me onto this new series and I thought I'd share it here in the ATS community. I love me some Earth porn such as Blue Planet and all
things David Attenborough, and this one has one has newer information and is beautiful to watch. It is narrated by Will Smith and hosts various
astronauts that have spent significant time in space, particularly on the ISS. They share their perspectives,which are truly unique having spent time
in such an annihilative environment and viewing our precious blue gem from afar, with all it's interrelated systems and glorious destruction and
I have watched the first 2 and learned much so far. Turns out diatoms are the largest source of oxygen for our world, not trees. Trees do play a
part, but diatoms are the key. I knew plankton was the largest source, being that our planet is mostly covered in water, but diatoms are what make up
phytoplankton, and they are also found in glaciers and ice, as well as soil. The first episode covers the "river in the sky," and how the entire
planet is involved in dispersal of various diatoms. I am always in awe at how this system is so cohesive and diverse. I like that these type of
documentaries increase many people's appreciation and awareness of just how unique and wonderful our planet is.
Thank you, Allaroundyou, I knew of the Long Road Home, but not of the Mars doc. Yea "serious stuff" is a genuine part of the awe. I will give them
both a gander. It is really cool watching these things on a nice HD big screen with surround sound too, enveloped by the magnificence.
Ive began watching it since you shared it here and i found all the episodes free OnDemand (Xfinity). I'll probably end up watching most of the
episodes twice cause there is a lot of good information to absorb...
The Amazon Rainforest exists in its current state because of the Sahara Desert and its sand/dust storms providing the perfect fertilizer, which exists
because the sahara was once an ocean floor with a kilometer deep of diatom shells from millions of years ago.
And the Amazon Rainforest, the "lungs of the planet", produces a lot of oxygen, but "not one breath" of it leaves the Amazon. The Amazon is filled
with so much life, it uses up what it produces. Lots of interesting stuff just in the first episode! I like what they said at the end, there is no
part of the world that is not effected by what happens on the other side of the planet.
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