NOVA: Making North America: Human
The third and final episode of this NOVA series explores the intimate connections between the landscape, the colonizing of the continent and the emergence of our industrial world. Beginning with Native American ancestors, the program shows how pre-Columbian civilizations developed an expert knowledge of the landscape and its resources. With the arrival of Europeans, North America’s hidden riches became key to prosperity, from the gold rush to today’s oil and gas boom. As a result, human activity has transformed the continent on a scale that rivals the geological forces that gave birth to it billions of years before.