Origin and formation of the Earth


(4.540 Million years ago: the year 009,2 on the 100 year time-scale)

The incredible story of how our planet was born in a cataclysm of cosmic violence. We follow up clues that are hidden in the Earth's most remote locations and detail the birth-pangs of our planet, discovering how the inferno of its early years developed into a cradle for life.


The story of Earth - National Geographic

Imagine cameras had been around since the creation of Earth to record every major event.
Enjoy the photographic journey thorough time from the violent birth of our planet four and a half billion years ago, through ice-ages, massive volcanic eruptions and the dinosaurs' reign to the first humans. For the first time, see the incredible story of our planet unfold in one single, seamless camera move.

How the Earth was made - Birth of the Earth


Down to the earth's core



More references on Earth's history