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- 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: June 9, 2004
From American-Nazi collaborations to Asian plantations, explore the surprising history of this ubiquitous material.
- An in-depth look at one of the most important materials on earth.
- Visit Southeast Asia plantations and American processing plants to see how rubber is made.
- Examine the important role that rubber played in World War II.
It is in everything from gum to tires, the Space shuttle to children's toys. And despite the best efforts of generations of scientists, there is no substitute for the real thing.
Rubber is one of the most important materials on earth, an essential component for countless industries, technologies and machines. It has captured the fancy of nations—Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor gave the empire control over 90% of the world's natural rubber supply—and tycoons—Thomas Edison performed some 17,000 rubber breeding experiments in his last years and Henry Ford created a massive, doomed plantation in South America named Fordlandia. While synthetic rubber is a multi-billion dollar industry, countless applications still demand the real thing, and virtually all the world's natural rubber comes from plantations in Southeast Asia. MODERN MARVELS® shows how rubber is harvested, visits the facilities where it is transformed into everyday objects, and explores its surprisingly convoluted history in this fascinating hour.