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'NOVA: Operation Lighthouse Rescue'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)

Overview: On the picturesque bluffs of Martha's Vineyard, disaster looms. The historic Gay Head Lighthouse, weighing more than 400 tons and soaring 175 feet above the sea, is precipitously close to toppling into the ocean. As a team of engineers attempts to move the iconic red brick structure inland to safety, discover the geology they encounter, the archaeology they discover, and technology they employ in this lighthouse rescue.

DVD Verdict: On the picturesque bluffs at the very tip of the island of Martha's Vineyard, disaster looms. The historic Gay Head Lighthouse is soon to become the next victim of the persistent erosion of the island's cliffs. Built in 1856, the structure weighs more than 400 tons and soars 175 feet above the sea.

But over the years, storms and the raging ocean have eroded the headland away. With fierce storms and hurricanes only intensifying as the global climate warms, this historic landmark is precipitously close to toppling into the ocean.

Now, an epic rescue is underway as a team of engineers attempts to move the iconic red brick structure 134 feet inland to safety. As they race to save this national treasure, discover the geology they encounter, the archaeology they discover, and technology they employ in this lighthouse rescue.

[Spoiler] - The Gay Head Light is open seven days a week, weather permitting, from 11-4pm with Sunset Tours on Thursdays from 7-9pm in July and 6-8pm in August. Admission is $5 for Adults and Children under 12 are free. This is a Widdescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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