The British documentary The Volcano That Stopped the World airs Sunday May 16th and Saturday May 22nd 2010 at 10 p.m on the CBC News Network's The Passionate Eye. The documentary looks at Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano in Iceland whose recent and ongoing eruption closed down air travel in Europe for a while. Filmed in HD, The Volcano That Stopped the World is easy to understand, informative, and interesting.
The documentary opens with British geologist Nick Petford landing near Eyjafjallajokull and explaining what is going on. The footage is mesmerizing. Petford and a couple of other experts explain how eruptions can be predicted, why some eruptions are explosive and others are not, and the geological process that lead to this particular eruption.
The second segments looks at how scientists confirm the presence of the ash cloud and study its composition. It also tells the story of a 1982 British Airways flight caught in a volcanic ash cloud on its way to New Zealand. Its four engines stalled.
Segment 3 of The Volcano That Stopped the World looks at past eruptions in Iceland. You see footage of a brand new island being formed off the coast in 1963 and the dramatic results of another eruption in the seventies that covered a town in ash up to the rooftops. It also looks at the 1783 eruption that devastated Europe.
The last segment of this documentary looks at the future. It correlates global warming and the increase in volcanic eruptions in Iceland which would have a serious impact on everybody. It also speculates on what will happen when and if Katlya erupts.
The Volcano That Stopped the World airs Sunday May 16th 2010 at 10 p.m. and Saturday May 22nd on CBC News Network as part of The Passionate Eye series. Other programs will include Who Killed the Electric Car (May 23rd), Assassination of Bobby Kennedy (May 29th) and A Lady's Guide to Brothels May 30th.