How Volcanoes Froze the Earth (Twice)

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Over 600 million years ago, sheets of ice coated our planet on both land and sea. How did this happen? And most importantly for us, why did the planet eventually thaw again? The evidence for Snowball Earth is written on every continent today.
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Jul 17, 2019




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Bleikr Sound
Bleikr Sound 13 hours ago
Request for Eons - would like to see a segment about the geologic age when Earth became inundated with iron - some call the 'rusting of the planet'. - Thanks!
Zeebra237 19 hours ago
Volcanoes erupt and spew ash which blocks the sun. Google this: "1816 year without a summer."
David Jack
David Jack 23 hours ago
I have a crush on the girl speaking in this video
Chris Day ago
I truly hate the geographical terms. They pick long and difficult names for who knows what reason.
AlessioAndres 2 days ago
The best narrator on this channel! I would pay you to read to me haha^^ Thank you :*
Scooter Johansen
Scooter Johansen 5 days ago
Goodness volcanoes are not erupting ATM .
A Simple Dog
A Simple Dog 9 days ago
"we still have glaciers today!" not for long were entering fireball earth era!!!
Peter theoneandonly
Who is Steve!
Thornback 10 days ago
can you please also use the metric system, it broadens your material to the rest of the world and gives users of the imperial system reference and knowledge of the universal scale. There is no good reason to not use both scales.
Gary Chynne
Gary Chynne 10 days ago
Ace Anthony Referiza
Is it just me or does it feel like a lot of the terms she is using doesn't sound scientific enough?
Bert Jongerden
Bert Jongerden 16 days ago
Dammit vulcanoes you did it again!
Paul Dub
Paul Dub 18 days ago
Clear and concise explaining thanks
jeremy Mizer
jeremy Mizer 19 days ago
Finally PBS is on a platform that will pay them for their amazing work
Andy Smith
Andy Smith 19 days ago
Lasts 15 million years,what does that even mean
Max Luv
Max Luv 21 day ago
Why not tell the people the truth?
Max Luv
Max Luv 21 day ago
There was a tectonic plate movement,in witch caused masses amounts of volcanoes to erupt,putting a lot heat as well,causing the earth to heat up,in the center of our planet,causing the cold to go down to the poles & flash freeze the poles,just like in Antarctica is today,with frozen Tsunamis waves over it & all the sort in the sky,blanket the earth & cooled it down,causing the ice age & when the sort,cleared enough,to let the sun shine though,it started melting the ice back,just like what there doing now,there spraying the sky's around the world,in as many countries as they can,it cools down the center of our planet & causes the heat,to go to the poles & melt the poles,
Bob Trenwith
Bob Trenwith 14 days ago
Interesting. Now let's get back to the real science.
Abstract Russian
Abstract Russian 21 day ago
Are you ready kids? Aye-aye captain. I can't hear you... Aye-aye captain! Ohhhhhh! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Ariel Manzanares-Scisney
WHY was the Sun 7% dimmer???
Bob Trenwith
Bob Trenwith 14 days ago
You have the question back to front. It should be - what has caused the sun to get brighter.
Shamir George
Shamir George 26 days ago
Isn't this supposed to be taught at universities? Reminds of me of TOEFL exams.
45 ACP
45 ACP 27 days ago
Man, scientists are dumb. Volcanos aren't cold.
45 ACP
45 ACP 13 days ago
@Bob Trenwith Nani?
Bob Trenwith
Bob Trenwith 13 days ago
@45 ACP Be careful dear. An uneducated, low-life conservative would take that as an invitation.
45 ACP
45 ACP 13 days ago
@Bob Trenwith I'm actually a 5 year old girl sir, and my parents aren't home
Bob Trenwith
Bob Trenwith 14 days ago
@45 ACP You seem to be about 6 years old. An adult actually says something when they speak. Perhaps you would care to point out where in the video they claimed that volcanoes are cold. Or are you going to keep playing kiddy games?
45 ACP
45 ACP 14 days ago
@Bob Trenwith wait, you commented?
Jamie Owns
Jamie Owns 28 days ago
I wonder what the shape the continents will take in 250 million years. Is continental shift fast or slow? or a mix?
Jamie Owns
Jamie Owns 28 days ago
Honestly to find out the truth it needs Chemistry, Biology, Astrophysics and Geology to come together. It's the only way to find out the truth. Space events could easily trigger an ice age and were believed to do so million or so years ago. Also, the equator is funny. Because it's very mixed. Sure it's warm but you also got large tropics. And the hottest place on earth is California. Which is the worst place to put a huge city. With unrestricted growth. No wonder it gets forest fires it's been stealing it's water from the land for decades. it ran the underground water dry I believe. And is stealing water from ranchers up north. transporting it to the city. Then you got Las Vegas another desert city.... That sun idea makes sense. Because in a billion years today it will be 10% brighter. and will be able to boil our oceans. And some think that it may be able to split the molecular bonds of h20. And the Hydrogen will escape into space. Kinda interesting.
Eric Zetterlund
Eric Zetterlund Month ago
Don't leave me hanging like that! How did the sponges do it!???
Julia Naylor
Julia Naylor Month ago
Breaking up is hard to do, stop naming Neil Sedaka song.😂
Julia Naylor
Julia Naylor Month ago
Snowball Earth sounds like a giant cocktail.😂
redemption Month ago
"Snowball earth" don't you mean Hoth?
blue smurff
blue smurff Month ago
This made me appreciate how incredible it is for life to exist on earth
Roberto Month ago
The real question is how earth defrost😜
Bob Trenwith
Bob Trenwith 14 days ago
She answers that from about 8:40.
Trueantitheist 27 days ago
The one way we're heating it today global warming.
arno kosterman
arno kosterman Month ago
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arno kosterman
arno kosterman 13 days ago
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Bob Trenwith
Bob Trenwith 14 days ago
@arno kosterman It is like you are speaking a foreign language. It is even impossible to decipher the meaning of that 7-word sentence.
arno kosterman
arno kosterman 14 days ago
@Bob Trenwith words count en manny as in how much🍀
Bob Trenwith
Bob Trenwith 14 days ago
@arno kosterman You are still incomprehensible. What is "wurths"? What is "counds"? Who is "Manny"? Have you ever considered using Google translate?
arno kosterman
arno kosterman 14 days ago
There is olways some one,🤗 who thinks the wurths counds for what thay say😃 Manny sees wat you say with the contex wat has been shared💜🌀 thank you fore showing😍🙌💟
Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson Month ago
Hoth. They are naming Hoth not Earth
John Beauchamp
John Beauchamp Month ago
So can we just grind up a bunch of basalt and dump it into the ocean to sequester CO2 and undo climate change?
Trueantitheist 27 days ago
Sure if you're willing to wait a couple dozen million years.
Hajger89 Month ago
I bet Icelanders would like it there.
Chad Coley
Chad Coley Month ago
What if human lead climate change leads to another snowball earth era hahahahaha
Sweet Williams
Sweet Williams Month ago
lowkey the spokes lady is kinda hot. Super interesting information in these pbs videos too, kinda addicted
Adam Brown
Adam Brown Month ago
Man, if only those sponges had banded together to stop climate change before the glaciers melted and flooded everything. How ever could life survive with temperatures over 40F?
Sophie Shenkal
Sophie Shenkal Month ago
I love love love this channel! It reminds me of just how special, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind our planet is. Thank you PSB Eons
Wendell Clayton
Wendell Clayton Month ago
C02 cools the earth .
Bob Trenwith
Bob Trenwith 14 days ago
@Wendell Clayton We are currently in an ice age. Did you mean "last glacial period" which ended about 10000 years ago, when CO2 levels were at about 180 ppm?
Wendell Clayton
Wendell Clayton 14 days ago
See last ice age .
Bob Trenwith
Bob Trenwith 14 days ago
Interesting. Now excuse me while I return to the *real* science.
Pheunith: Psychic-Water Type
Hmm so volcanoes are to blame for the ice age sequels. We must act on this to prevent more tragedies
jediflip Month ago
Your knees. . . .
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