Distillations - Essential Elements

Series produced by Distillations

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Distillations' 4-part series about the four classical elements: earth, air, water, and fire.

The theory of the four classical “elements” – earth, air, fire, and water—can be traced to ancient Greece. These four parts of matter, when combined in different quantities, were believed to make up everything in the natural world. In this series, we’ll explore one modern tale for each of these classical elements.

Note: This is a sub-set of the Distillations podcast series - the past, present, and future of chemistry.


4 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Marcellus Black Shale exposure on Interstate 80., Credit: Wikimedia by Dahluza.
This begins our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. This episode is about earth and the Marcellus Shale.

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 16:52
  • Purchases: 1
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We continue our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. This episode is about water and the many ways to ensure it is potable.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 14:30
Caption: Mike Mcaneny's hand and arm, healed with artificial skin., Credit: Photo by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch.
We continue our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. This episode is about fire and how humans have tried to protect themselves from it.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 13:14
Caption: New York Skyline., Credit: Image courtesy of Flickr user Sev!.
We continue our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. This episode is about air and how the gases in it have been changing ever since Da...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 13:18