Seeds of destruction

United States, 1948

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Episode number 4 of Series “The Living Earth”.

This film illustrates what happens when any one of the vital links in the “chain of life” is broken. Unscientific lumbering practices, devastating forest fires, uncontrolled wind and water erosion, overworked land, and roaring floods are shown as the agents which can destroy the world unless humans begin to act to combat the havoc caused by thoughtless use of natural resources.


production company

New York Zoological Society

The Conservation Foundation



Production places
United States
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The Living Earth

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The Living Earth


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Subject categories

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Conservation of natural resources

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Environment

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Environmental education

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Environmental protection

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural resources - Environmental aspects


Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Life change events

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Life change events

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Life sciences

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




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16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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