Italy's Mystery Mountains
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Behind Italy's cultural abundance is a diverse and turbulent geology: the continuously erupting volcanoes, the violent earthquakes, the clash of mighty tectonic plates, and the rising of the mountains from which Michelangelo quarried his famous Carrara marbles. Shot in Italy's geologic hotspots, from the Dolomites to Vesuvius, "Italy's Mystery Mountains" ties the country's incredible geologic story to its rich artistic culture.

The documentary follows two international teams of geologists -- one working near Bologna and the other in southern Italy, where Sicily's famed volcano Mt. Etna erupts in brilliant showers of lava -- as they fill in the story of how the Italian peninsula was first created and whether the famed Apennine Mountain range running down Italy's spine is still alive and growing.

Italy's Mystery Mountains