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NOVA; Buried in Ash


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Buried in Ash
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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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Ten million years ago, a watering hole on an ancient savanna in what is now north-central Nebraska was the scene of a remarkable tragedy. Ash from an enormous volcano blew across the watering hole for a day or more, reaching depths of up to 10 feet and covering everything in sight, including more than 200 animals. Dr. Mike Voorhies, who discovered the site in 1971, takes NOVA on a visit to this extraordinary fossil find.



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