The scene was 74,000 years ago, on the island of Sumatra. A volcanic eruption triggered the sudden and violent collapse of a vast regional plateau. Toba, as the volcano is known today, was the largest volcanic eruption in the last 25 million years. But Earth has seen far larger. 250 million years ago, an eruption in what's now Siberia lasted a million years and was probably responsible for the greatest episode of mass extinction in Earth's history.

Supervolcanoes is an immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune's frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter's moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time?

Supervolcanoes is a co-production of Spitz Creative Media, Mirage3D and Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with support from the Pennsylvania Film Council.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. 24 minutes.

Languages: Arabic, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish.

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Winner, Best Immersive Fulldome
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2013

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IMPF 2012 Gwacheon, Korea

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Jena Fulldome Festival 2013


Supervolcanoes supports these National Next Generation Science Standards:

Use plate tectonic models to support the explanation that, due to convection, matter cycles between Earth's surface and deep mantle.

Construct explanations from evidence for how different geoscience processes, over widely varying scales of space and time, have shaped Earth's history.

Develop and use models of past plate motions to support explanations of existing patterns in the fossil record, rock record, continental shapes, and seafloor structures.

Use arguments supported by evidence from the rock and fossil records to explain how past changes in Earth's conditions have caused major extinctions of some life forms and allowed others to flourish.

Use Earth system models to support explanations of how Earth's internal and surface processes operate concurrently at different spatial and temporal scales to form landscapes and sea floor features.

Use a model of Earth's interior including the mechanisms of thermal convection to support the explanation for the cycling of matter within the Earth.

Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from the geoscience record that changes to any Earth and Solar System processes can affect global and regional climates over a wide range of time scales.




Supervolcanoes Trailer. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.



Experience Earth as it was 250 million years ago - lush with vegetation and teeming with life on land and in the sea. Giant primordial reptiles roamed the forests and swamps, while invertebrates and fish inhabited vibrant coral reefs. Scientists now believe that a gigantic volcanic eruption across Siberian Russia laid waste to the rich diversity of the Permian Period. This global catastrophe claimed 70% of all plant and animal species in a time known as "the Great Dying."



Can a supervolcano erupt in our own time? Look no further than the fabled geyser fields of Yellowstone National Park. Deep below, a colossal dome of magma is building. It has exploded numerous times in the past, sending ash as far as Los Angeles. Supervolcanoes delivers audiences into the belly of this beast by reconstructing the landscape from thousands of high resolution images, then cutting away a section of the earth to reveal an image, derived from scientific data, of the fury building below the surface.



Earth does not have a monopoly on Supervolcanoes. In one of the program's most dramatic sequences, audiences will fly down onto the roiling surface of Jupiter's moon Io, to experience up close the largest volcano in our solar system: Loki. It likely formed when an impact blew a hole in Io's thin crust, and continually spews lava in towering columns that flood the landscape in a molten sea.