The Earth

Find out how the Earth works

Explore Earth

Earth comes to life with stunning clips from the BBC's television archive. There is a lot to watch: See Mount St Helens erupt, the Earth form, and glaciers shrink.

  1. Attenborough on basalt lava 1

    Attenborough on basalt lava

    playAttenborough on basalt lava
  2. When continents collide 2

    When continents collide

    playWhen continents collide
  3. Avalanches as weapons 3

    Avalanches as weapons

    playAvalanches as weapons

Key topics

Earth timeline Earth timeline

The Earth timeline highlights some of the important events that have shaped our world.

Dinosaurs Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs were the dominant land animals for 160 million years, making them one of the most successful groups of animals ever.

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