Segments in this Video

New Perspective on Earth (02:16)


Satellite camera technology demonstrates how our planet changes over a period of time. (Credits)

Changing Seasons (08:15)

Winter alters the topography of California, New England, and the British Isles. In eastern China, five rivers converge to form Poyang Lake during spring. Siberian Cranes travel from northern Asia to feed on the roots of aquatic plants during winter.

Mountains near Toyama, Japan (04:14)

Islands in Japan turn from green to bright white from snow accumulation. Siberian flying squirrels use a membrane to glide between tree branches and shares body heat with another during winter months.

Changing Environment (07:29)

Snow falls in the Saharan desert. Lake Poopó has disappeared in part to drought. Lightning strikes the planet 50 times each second; Billy Ellis climbs devil's head in Colorado to watch for wildfires.

Adaptation (03:30)

Wood boring beetles detect smoke from miles away to feed on burnt branches. A blackbird woodpecker eats grubs; bluebirds make use of homes created. Wildfires are essential for healthy habitats.

Catastrophic Events (02:09)

The San Andreas Fault is a result of the shifting of tectonic plates over the last 20 million years; Ayers Rock has eroded over millennia. Camera technology captures an underwater volcano creating a bridge between two islands in Tonga over the course of three days.

Cotopaxi Volcano (05:06)

Satellite camera technology detects a potential eruption. Dr. Santiago Ron captures Quito rocket frogs during mating season to save the species from extinction.

Climate Change (05:09)

Humans now inhabit every portion of the world; patterns of cities and towns can be seen from space. Man-made construction projects include evaporation flats, coal mines, and crop circles. Polluted gasses rise into the atmosphere warming the planet; glaciers are under threat.

Chimborazo (04:48)

Ecuador's highest mountain is losing its ice. Balthazar Ushca harvests glacial ice to sell to the towns and villages. Scientists combine drone and satellite technology to measure the effects of climate change.

Monitoring Human Impact (02:51)

Forests are cleared for agriculture and industry in South America. Palm oil trees replace the forests of Indonesia. Satellite imagery captures alternative energy technology across the planet including wind farms and solar panels.

Reversing Deforestation (07:45)

In Tanzania, environmental scientists saved the Kasekela chimpanzee community at Gombe Stream National Park from landslides and flash floods. Satellite imagery demonstrates the difference local villagers and the Jane Goodall Institute has made by planting more trees.

Credits: Changing Planet (00:29)

Credits: Changing Planet

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Episode 4: Changing Planet (Life from Above)

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See how fast our planet is changing. Cities are growing, forests are disappearing, and glaciers melting—but in Tanzania locals have regenerated the landscape, saving a family of chimpanzees.

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL191988

Copyright date: ©2019

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