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NOVA; Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius



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Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
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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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There are more than 1400 active volcanoes on this planet. Many of these are in remote places where they present little risk to anyone. Some are situated in the middle of populated areas and, although inactive, have troublesome histories. One is Mt. Vesuvius, which dominates the Bay of Naples and obliterated the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Geological evidence suggests that Vesuvius, dormant since 1944, is on the move again. This program looks at new scientific measurements of this infamous volcano, at the threat posed by a new eruption to the more than two million people who live under its shadow and at the critical day in 79 AD when Pompeii was obliterated.



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