Life on Fire


The Lava Lake in the crater of Nyiragongo volcano, DCR (Democratic Republic of Congo). Photo: François de Riberolles/ Saint Thomas Productions 



Volcanoes are among the most spectacular and powerful forces on our planet. They create new land, change landscapes and destroy civilizations, but more than two billion years ago, they also breathed life into our world. From the ocean abyss to snow-covered summits, this ambitious series paints a detailed picture of the struggles and amazing intimacy required to survive around volcanoes. Spectacular scenery provides the backdrop for the extraordinary animals and plants that have learned to juggle with fire. Fragile and engaging, these creatures teach us lessons in survival in a world as fascinating as it is dangerous.

Wednesdays at 10pm on WGBH 2

Ash Runners

Ash Runners

Life on Fire

Life in New Britain, a volcanic Papua New Guinea island.

60 min.

Phoenix Temple

Phoenix Temple

Life on Fire

The life that surrounds Nicaragua's Masaya Volcano.

60 min.

Volcano Doctors

Volcano Doctors

Life on Fire

How volcanologists attempt to predict eruptions.

60 min.

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