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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 3x60 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2012
Available in French: No

We might think humans are the most powerful living thing on Earth, but it’s plants that time and again have set the agenda for life.

All animals rely on plants for their survival. This is not an accident – they are the most powerful evolutionary force on Earth. Plants enabled amphibians to leave the water, they had a hand in the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, and they ensured the ultimate triumph of insects, mammals, birds and even us humans – all for their own benefit. Because plants have only ever had one goal: the domination of the planet.

An epic tale that stretches across half a billion years, How to Grow a Planet offers a stunning new perspective on Earth science. It is a story of ruthless ingenuity, seduction and deception; of unimaginable power and ambition.
Did you know?
• It takes a thousand years to make an inch of soil. Today there is around a two foot
layer across the Earth.
• We share about 60% of our DNA with plants