This science and natural history series presents stories that speak to the relationship between human civilization and the planet. An accessible and thought-provoking series, terra offers a window to the natural world by exploring frontiers of research, examining applications of science, and celebrating diversity in our natural environment. Topics range from habitat issues, species survival, profiles of individuals working in the field and even major ecological alerts. Produced in conjunction with the graduate program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University and Filmmakers for Conservation Ltd. terra provides independent filmmakers and students a venue in which to present their own perspectives on ecological and environmental topics. terra is presented by KUSM/ MontanaPBS, MSU Bozeman.

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Ten Days to Paint The Forest - Part 1

Terra Bytes - Populations

Terra Short Films


The Search for Life On Mars
 (No. 104)
Is there life on Mars? What might it look like? This program joins NASA scientists on a quest to answer these questions. They are learning that on Earth microscopic life is hiding underground in even the most extreme environments. Could these subterranean microbes be what we are looking for? Or might the face of alien life be so different from earthly life that we have to redefine life to detect it? Produced by Mark Andrews for TERRA. Distributed by KUSM/MontanaPBS, MSU Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, May 26, 2005)
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Could life have evolved on ancient Mars?   Artistic rendering courtesy of Kees Veenenbos, Data: MOLA Science Team NASA.
The Red Planet.  Artistic rendering courtesy of Kees Veenenbos, Data: MOLA Science Team NASA.
Microbes living inside rock. Photo courtesy of Susanne Douglas.
NASA scientist collecting sample in Death Valley.

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