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Join Professor Nick Eyles as he tracks Earth’s Geologic Journey through millions of years of tectonic tension. Follow his travels from prehistoric sites at the East African Rift where the earth’s crust is ripping apart to Iceland’s dramatic landscape of glaciers and erupting volcanoes. Continue with him along the shifting coastlines of North and South America. As he examines layers of the planet he reveals the geologic mechanics that have shaped the land and water that surround us today.


  • Geologic Journey: African Rift
    For millions of years, the East African Rift has been widening at the seams. In this episode of Geologic Journey, we travel with Professor Nick Eyles who reveals how the earth’s crust is ripping apart as the molten rock from deep within pushes up. We first visit prehistoric sites in Kenya, not far from the so-called “cradle of humanity.” African Rift reveals that we are truly creatures of the rift, conceived by plate tectonics. When Eyles journeys into the Afar triangle of Ethiopia, we learn that the earth is fundamentally reordering its surface – we see an ocean in the process of being born by the splitting of Africa. We then travel north along the Nile to Egypt. The Nile Valley has been a corridor of trade and a home to civilizations, firmly rooted in a detailed knowledge of the region’s geology, mining and stone working. On the final leg of the journey, we witness how the tectonic violence of the Dead Sea Rift has punctuated the history of human habitation and culture - cities here have been abandoned after apocalyptic earthquakes. Here, along the African Rift, a gaping wound in the earth’s surface portends the birth of planet’s next ocean. It is here that we can best see the geologic processes that shape the land and water that surrounds us.
  • Geologic Journey: Europe: Fire & Ice
    In this episode geologist Nick Eyles travels from Iceland to the Swiss Alps, traversing the Eurasian Plate to look at how the intense forces of the earth create the landscape we recognize as our own. Iceland bubbles and erupts, a steamy outpost near the Arctic Circle, kept afloat on a plume of magma that seeps through a rift between the plates. The United Kingdom lies in the middle of the plate. Edinburgh is built around the plug of an old volcano, while the rolling hills of southern England are really layers of the earth twisted and bent by tectonic power. That brings us to the Alps—forced up by Europe’s collision with Africa--and the revelation that the Matterhorn, Europe’s most iconic mountain, is actually made from African rock.
  • Geologic Journey: The Fall of Asia
    Welcome to the “Fall of Asia” – the fiery unpredictability of Indonesia’s volcanoes at one end, the massive Himalayas at the other and millions of years of tectonic tension in between. The collision zone of the old world is about to be the hub of the new. India, the Himalayas and the island arc of Indonesia - these lands will form the centre of the world’s next supercontinent. A story unfolds—a tale of where the earth has been and what the earth shall be: a whole new world that we’ll barely recognize.
  • Geologic Journey: Violent Pacific
    Exploring the eastern Pacific Rim, Prof. Nick Eyles travels along the west coast of North America. Following the shore, we travel from Alaska to California to Chile discovering how tectonic rhythms threaten the people living along the two continents’ coastlines.