The First Oceans

How the universe works

Our blue planet is defined by having huge amounts of water. Scientists believe our Earth was created devoid of water. So, where did water come from?

The First Oceans goes down the rabbit hole to find the answer. By looking at new astronomical discoveries, scientists are able to pinpoint how and why the enormous amounts of Earth’s water was formed.

To elaborate on an answer, the documentary provides CGI animations to illustrate the history behind the formation of our planet alongside Mike Rowe’s narration.

To help Mike along the way, interviews with scientists takes the point all the way through.

The theory suggests that asteroids filled with ice hammered the Earth in its youth spanning hundreds of million of years.

These billions of asteroids smashed into Earth and our moon 4.1 to 3.8 billion years ago.

This period had a more densely packed asteroid and meteorite impact ratio and was given the name the Late Heavy Bombardment (the Lunar Cataclysm).

This became the scientists’ basis to measure the time of the impacts – giving more clues to our Earth’s history.

But scientists in The First Oceans document other theories than asteroids as Earth’s water bringers.

These scientist continue to close in on a more accurate explanation through measurement and new discoveries.

Will it mold our understanding of our Earth – or even our solar system?

Let’s find out.

The First Oceans
  • Info
  • Release date2015
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Mark Bridge
  • Part of the seriesHow the Universe Works
  • Production companyPioneer Productions