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NOVA; Hawaii: Born of Fire


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Hawaii: Born of Fire
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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This episode tells the story of a plume of molten rock from the center of the earth that punched through the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and created the Hawaiian Islands -- amazingly quickly, geologically speaking. Even more amazing is the speed with which life has taken over the blistering, barren rock, turning it into a unique tropical paradise.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Hawaii: Born of Fire,” 09/07/1995, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B9F32A585524333AA2B9DF1844ADE8A.
MLA: “NOVA; Hawaii: Born of Fire.” 09/07/1995. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B9F32A585524333AA2B9DF1844ADE8A>.
APA: NOVA; Hawaii: Born of Fire. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B9F32A585524333AA2B9DF1844ADE8A
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