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NOVA; Mystery of the Megavolcano


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Mystery of the Megavolcano
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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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A remote lake in Southeast Asia conceals evidence of Earth’s greatest volcanic cataclysm of the last 100,000 years. Miles beneath its placid surface lies a magma chamber that exploded so violently during the Ice Age that gases and ash may have encircled the globe and blotted out the sun for years on end. The Toba eruption may have helped kick the climate into an unprecedented freeze and perhaps even pushed ancestral human populations to the brink of extinction. In a classic science detective story, NOVA pieces together the clues about this great catastrophe and probes questions raised about human evolution and Earth’s fragile ecosystems.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Mystery of the Megavolcano,” 09/26/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 20, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DF7F9940B22544ED8E516D8B8017E5D3.
MLA: “NOVA; Mystery of the Megavolcano.” 09/26/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 20, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DF7F9940B22544ED8E516D8B8017E5D3>.
APA: NOVA; Mystery of the Megavolcano. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DF7F9940B22544ED8E516D8B8017E5D3
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