Preview: Earth: The Power of the Planet

Power of the Planet
The sea is one of the most influential forces on our pale blue dot. Photo: BBC

We welcome this new planetary geography series with Dr Iain Stewart. Iain travels all around the world to examine and discover the workings of our planet’s power. 

In this episode, he goes to surfers’ paradise Hawaii to learn more about oceans, explaining the difference between waves, tides and currents. In the Amazon, he rides the world’s longest tidal bore. 

In the beginning, there were no oceans: they are thought to have gradually formed from volcano steam and melted comet ice. Change continues today: a new sea is forming in Ethiopia, which will separate East Africa from the mainland, and the Mediterranean is drying up.

Earth: The Power of the Planet – Wednesday at 8pm on BBC Four