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In southeast Alaska where the coastal mountains meet the Pacific, lies the Alexander Archipelago, a remote island chain running for almost 500km along the Alaskan panhandle. This is part of the largest temperate rainforests on earth and a stronghold for the country’s highest diversity of megafauna.
Copyright Date: 2021
In the heart of southeast Asia lies the tropical island of Borneo. Its ancient forest had remained unchanged for 140 million years. The hothouse conditions have spawned around 60,000 species of plants and animals, possibly making Borneo more biodiverse than any other island on earth.
This series embarks on a breathtaking journey to Earth’s last Edens. It visits incredible landscapes and reveals thrilling new behavior from the world’s most iconic animals. Delicately balanced, these are species-rich, unique ecosystems.
Cast away in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Archipelago straddles the equator—a string of over 120 tropical islands that erupted from the deep ocean floor more than 10 million years ago. Those swept here by storms and currents survived incredible odds to find untouched islands free from competition. These hardy pioneers evolved in remarkable ways in what’s known as nature’s greatest experiment.
In remotest southern Africa, lies Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, a rolling savannah. Feeling like a land that time forgot, seemingly untouched plains teem with Africa’s most iconic animals. Some are unique to this place, others are critically endangered elsewhere.
In the southwest of Africa, where Namibia meets the Atlantic Ocean lies the Namib, a desert the size of Portugal. In this remote and arid land, temperatures can approach 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). Possibly the oldest desert on earth, it has given rise to more life than any other.
At the tip of South America, spanning Chile and Argentina lies a remote and frozen domain known as Patagonia. Seventeen million years ago, the clash of tectonic plates creased and buckled the landscape, while adaptable and resilient creatures evolved unique survival strategies to flourish across its remarkable habitats.
From crunchy crickets to nutty fly grubs, NOVA takes a tasty look at insect foods and how they could benefit our health and our warming planet.
Copyright Date: 2021
Discover surprising facts about the sharks that call the warm waters near Hawaii’s islands their home. Meet the Whitetip reef shark, Whale shark, Tiger shark and more through the lens of remote sensor cameras and new drone technology.
If oceans continue to warm at the current pace, coral reefs could be wiped out by the end of the century. But scientists from around the globe are rushing to help corals adapt to a changing climate through assisted evolution.
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