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Voyage of Doom
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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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Buried in shallow mud beneath the waters of Matagorda Bay in Texas lies the only remnant of a tragic episode from the Age of Discovery. In the 1680s, France hatched an ambitious plan to control the whole of North America by seizing the Mississippi trade route. Led by the fanatical explorer La Salle, four ships set sail in search of the mouth of the great river, but all were lost or wrecked. After 20 years of searching for La Salle's last ship, a nautical archaeologist finally came across a promising magnetic anomaly on the bed of Matagorda Bay. The ensuing investigation revealed the wreck of the La Belle, loaded with tantalizing clues to what happened in the final, ill-fated days of La Salle's expedition. In an unprecedented excavation, the team discovered that the mud had preserved a wealth of organic material, including the ship's wooden hull, leather shoes and even a skeleton.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Voyage of Doom,” 11/04/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C79C05D3CA6C41CBB9A2992F64F3894B.
MLA: “NOVA; Voyage of Doom.” 11/04/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C79C05D3CA6C41CBB9A2992F64F3894B>.
APA: NOVA; Voyage of Doom. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C79C05D3CA6C41CBB9A2992F64F3894B
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