A NOVA produced documentary which looks into how rocks are fundamental to life on earth. Around four billion years ago the Earth was nothing like it is today, it was a hellish world with a black surface and littered with super massive volcanoes belching toxic gasses into the atmosphere. The puzzling question for scientists is finding the link that caused life to emerge from a place which was once so hostile.
In this documentary NOVA interviews mineralogist Robert Hazen as he showS that the rocks beneath our feet played crucial part in making life on Earth. The theory is changing the narrative in the co-evolution of Earth where rocks and microbial life were responsible for jump starting life.