Frozen World: The Story of the Ice Age

| January 10, 2012

Frozen World: The Story of the Ice Age is a comprehensive look at the world during, before, and after the Ice Age. The set is comprised of four separate documentaries which look at various aspects of the Ice Age from the rise of modern man over their then current counterparts, the Neanderthals; to how likely it would be for the world to see another Ice Age in modern times. All four of the documentaries, whilst focusing on their own specific aspect of the Ice Age, work well together in one set. They relate to each other through the information and even in the visuals, using some of the same footage in the different documentaries. The documentaries included in the Frozen World set are; Clash of the Cavemen, Mega Disasters: Volcanic Winter, Journey to 10,000 BC, and Mega Disasters: Mega Freeze.

Clash of the Cavemen is a look at how Cro-Magnon men and the Neanderthals lived on the European continent together and eventually how Cro-Magnon found themselves as the only humans left. Documented research on the Ice Age, archeological evidence, as well as a hypothetical scenario based on the aforementioned information creates this informative and entertaining documentary. The research and archeological evidence not only explains what was found but how the scholars and researchers came upon the information. You are given a clearer understanding of the information because you are made aware of how they came upon their conclusions. This documentary also gives stunning pictures with the reenactments as well as up to date computer graphics.

Mega Disasters: Volcanic Winter takes a look at how it would be feasible for the world to be thrown into an ice age from the eruption of a single super volcano. The documentary looks at how and why the ice age began and the impact it had on the earth. Starting with a single eruption of a super volcano to how the effects of a volcanic winter threw the earth into an ice age. Although some of the same information was given that you received in Clash of the Cavemen, including some of the same footage, it was overall an informative documentary.

Journey to 10,000 BC takes a look at what the North American continent looked like in the years leading up to 10,000 BC, as well as what happened immediately thereafter. Once again, great reenactments and computer graphics were used to illustrate the points that were being made in the documentary. This documentary took note to discuss all the different theories behind human life during that time period. Both sides of the different theories were presented without bias, allowing the viewer to come up with their own thoughts on which theory they felt was more valid. This aspect of Journey to 10,000 BC created another level to the documentary and made the viewer feel involved.

Mega Disasters: Mega Freeze looks at the likely hood of the world in the modern era entering into an ice age and what the effects would be. The documentary uses historical, archeological, and geological evidence in order to support the claims being made. At times during this documentary the same information is given multiple times, making the show seem less intriguing. Although, the overall information was quite interesting so the repetition can be overlooked.

Frozen World: The Story of the Ice Age is an interesting collection of documentaries from history. The information is cohesive throughout all the shows thus creating a collection that flows from one part to another although they are actually four separate programs.

About the Author:

Amber is an Early Childhood Education Professional in Chicago . She is also a part of an All Female Anime Circle, Kichi Gi. This circle explores anime, manga, and Japanese culture, while also trying to make an impact within the community. Amber is also a great lover of history and has worked hard over the years to study history and all it has to teach us.

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