- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: July 31, 2000
From Alaska to South Africa, venture into the world's most productive gold mines.
Though platinum is more valuable, gold has an allure that no other precious metal can match. Since the earliest days of civilization, mankind has had a case of "gold fever." It has led to some of the most fascinating events in our history--and spurred awesome technical innovation.
From ancient times to the present day, MODERN MARVELSTM travels the globe to tell the fascinating story of GOLD MINES. Head deep below the earth to see modern mining operations in places like Alaska and South Africa, and watch as ore is miraculously transformed into gleaming bars of gold. Historians chronicle the development of the machines that make modern mining possible, while extensive photos and archival documents capture the frenzy of the California Gold Rush and other famous outbreaks of gold fever.
Trace the course of mankind's millennia-long obsession with gold, and find out how this vital, valuable mineral is liberated from the clutches of the earth.