Sunday, January 31, 2010

PBS - Crater Lake: The Mirror of Heaven

The familiar voice of local commentator Russell Sadler keeps the narrative moving, beginning with the explosion of ancient Mt. Mazama. Through myth and through scientific 3-D animation, the formation of what we now call Crater Lake comes to life, in all its volcanic glory. Was it a temper tantrum of Llao, the Modoc chief of the underworld, that caused the destruction, or was it the intolerable pressure of deep changes in the earth's core that brought molten lava bursting through thousands of feet of granite? The film presents both interpretations, painstakingly detailed.

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