National Geographic‘s many nature, wildlife, cultural and scientific programs, documenting humans’ exploration, conservation and research, contribute to the realization of its stated mission: inspiring people to care about planet Earth. National Geographic‘s many nature, wildlife, cultural and scientific programs, documenting humans’ exploration, conservation and research, contribute to the realization of its stated mission: inspiring people to care about planet Earth.
National Geographic‘s many nature, wildlife, cultural and scientific programs, documenting humans’ exploration, conservation and research, contribute to the realization of its stated mission: inspiring people to care about planet Earth.
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Science of Saints
May 4, 2013
A third century pair of Christian lovers is stoned to death by an angry mob. Now, 18 centuries later, in a rare collaboration between science and religion, the purported remains of these early Christian martyred saints will be exhumed by the Vatican and examined through the lens of science. Armed with cutting-edge forensic science and sanctioned by the Catholic Church, a National Geographic funded investigation opens the crypt and examines the evidence. Subjecting the remains to a battery of tests, including radiocarbon dating, DNA and 3D CAT-scan analysis, scientists will be able to pinpoint if they belong to the ill-fated martyrs. What might these remains reveal about how these young lovers lived and died? And are they actual third century relics - or clever fakes? What can 21st century science tell us about Chrysanthus and Daria? We join Italian pathologist Dr Ezio Fulcheri, one of the world's leading experts on the mysteries of the Incorruptibles, who has spent years examining saints' sacred remains. With modern science his team will embark on a forensic quest to examine the martyrs' remains. Will two complete skeletons - male and female - be found in the crypt? Will they show evidence of multiple fractures - consistent with execution by stoning, and so confirming the historic account? The precise nature of the skeletons' injuries may help to reconstruct the lovers' final moments. What did the martyrs actually look like? With sophisticated digital reconstruction, we'll gaze upon the faces of Chrysanthus and Daria. How does the Church declare Saints? We also shed light on the fascinating and mysterious process through interviews with secular historians, independent theologians and members of the Vatican's closely guarded Congregation for the Causes of Saints. We'll also turn to Fulcheri to ask: how does science interpret a miracle? The bones of saints, even the clothing they touched, are venerated by more than a billion Catholics worldwide. How are such relics confirmed? Many so-called relics are clearly fakes. The Catholic Church is more active in the hunt for false relics than most would imagine. The Vatican employs its own team of Priest-Detectives and forensic scientists to investigate and either confirm or deny the legitimacy of relics. Accompanied by Fulcheri, we will uncover the inner-workings of this mysterious team, as they separate forgeries from the real thing. We'll ultimately learn how Chrysanthus and Daria fare under this rigorous testing, and what the Church hopes to prove in this rare exhumation. The opportunity to film the testing and preservation of these relics is a once-in-alifetime event. When the bones of these ancient lovers have been returned to their shared crypt, they will remain undisturbed for centuries.
Blue Holes: Diving the Labyrinth
March 23, 2013
On a National Geographic expedition, a team of extreme cave divers and scientists risk their lives to explore the Bahamas' remarkable Blue Holes - flooded caves which contain the earth's first life forms as well as the fossils of long extinct animals... and even ancient humans.
Secrets of the Mediterranean: Jacque Cousteau
March 18, 2013
For more than half a century, famed explorer Jacques Cousteau filmed throughout the Mediterranean, offering the world a first glimpse into the mysterious realm under the sea. Now, his youngest son retraces his father's footsteps with renowned marine ecologist Enric Sala, comparing the Mediterranean today with imagery first captured by his father. Cousteau worried that pollution and overfishing would destroy the fragile sea. Now, the new generation of explorers will discover if anything has been saved - or if Cousteau's warning came too late. Their adventure begins in Marseille, where they dive in the exact spot where the legendary explorer first filmed. The contrast is striking. By referencing the original imagery, Sala estimates that the populations of some species of fish in the area have dropped by more than 90 per cent. The expedition has started with disappointment, but it's not over. During the course of coming weeks, the young explorers face adventure, frustration and excitement as they dive in the Mediterranean's few protected marine reserves. Here they encounter strange and wonderful species - underwater landscapes of breath-taking beauty populated by massive fish, ancient corals and one particularly curious octopus. But they also encounter poachers and developers, spear fishermen and a worried prince. By the end of their adventure they have a clear idea of how best to save the Mediterranean. Now they must convince the leaders of dozens of countries that line its shores that protecting this ancient sea is worth the effort.
Gulf Animal Rescue
March 9, 2013
When workers capped the Deepwater Horizon gusher, one long battle was finally over - but a new one had just begun... While the oil was still churning, biologist Mireya Mayor and cameraman Andy Casagrande raced to various locations in the Gulf to discover the unseen story of what was happening at the height of the disaster - and what the decisions made then mean to the surprising creatures whose lives still hang in the balance... Weeks after the explosion, as many as 60,000 barrels of oil still flow from the well each day, and rescue teams work against the clock to pull animals from the toxic mess. Mireya accompanies a bird rescue mission off of the Louisiana coast. The team is faced with one of many challenges - that capturing one bird could mean harming or killing others. In addition to birds that live in the Gulf year-round, an estimated eight million birds migrate through the Mississippi Flyway each year, many resting in coastal forests and wetlands of the Gulf coast. For these creatures, travelling between continents is now a more perilous journey. While birds are not easy to save, at least rescuers can find them. But what happens to the creatures beneath the sea? Unlike a tanker spill, oil from the rig originates at the sea floor, and is forced to the surface by intense geologic pressure. Planes spray dispersant to break apart the oil on the surface, and soon it sinks. Other dispersants are applied directly to the oil at the deep sea well head. Easily forgotten, the dispersed oil may ultimately come to rest on the sea floor or travel with the help of currents, its long term effects unknown. In the Florida Keys, Andy Casagrande cruises out on a fishing boat. The fear at the time was that oil could reach this pristine coast during hurricane season. Here, he learns about creatures that could become casualties of the spill. Bottom dwellers - such as the spiny lobster - not only could be toxic seafood for humans, but a tainted food source for sharks and other creatures. Meanwhile, Mireya heads out to sea again to search for turtles. Five of the world's seven sea turtle species spend some of their life in the Gulf, and many were threatened to extinction before the spill. Even if they are rescued and revived in aquariums, some have nowhere to go - the Gulf is their primary habitat. Dolphins also permanently reside in the Gulf, and may face the lingering after effects of the spill on their home turf. Mireya accompanies researchers and witnesses a population living in an Alabama bay. Looking for signs of dolphins in distress, the team knows that rescuing a half-ton creature would be extremely difficult. Whales, which also inhabit the Gulf's temperate waters, are also at risk. World-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle provides frequent insight. She explains that the timing of the spill - during the spring, or spawning season - couldn't have been worse. Larvae and other newly-hatched animals are instantly at risk of being damaged or destroyed. Diverse microorganisms such as plankton - the bottom of the food chain - are also at risk. If they die, many creatures will too. Although oil is no longer flowing out of the well, the extent of the damage is still being studied. With this unnatural coexistence between a massive volume of oil and a vast life-system, the full impacts may never be known.
Great Migrations - Science of Migrations
February 3, 2013
Some migratory animals make epic journeys across the globe, covering thousands of miles. Others travel vertically, spiralling downwards to great depths in the ocean. We know they do it to find food, a mate, a good place to start a family. But there is so much more to learn about the nomadic lifestyle. What are the underlying forces and physics that drive migration? And what can migratory patterns tell us about the effects climate change and habitat destruction have on animals? Science of Migrations is bursting with technology, leading to fresh insights into animal behaviour. This film shows the science of migration as it is unfolding, revealing a new understanding of animal decision-making, swarm dynamics and the inner workings of a herd, flock or pod. Advanced tagging devices are the new technology - and they're light-years beyond your old-fashioned radio collar. Daily diary loggers and GPS tags gather more information than ever before, in 3D, tracking animal movements down to a turn of a head or a wag of a tail. They monitor vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature, detect patterns that neither we, nor remote cameras, can capture. The results allow us to witness animal behaviour in ways we could never before. As zoologist Rory Wilson says, ,When we tag an animal, it's like giving it a blank book. The tagged animal writes the book, and we can pick it up and read it., Science of Migrations will take us around the world: to the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, where the impetus to relocate for a good meal supersedes the likelihood of getting eaten by hungry crocodiles. To Patagonia, where three-ton blubbery elephant seals transform into ballerinas as soon as they hit the water, diving and flipping down to 1500-metres for their food. To Kansas, where monarch butterflies stop over while on their epic 1800-mile pilgrimage to find the perfect place to lay their eggs. We'll track bugs and birds, schools and herds, showing a myriad of reasons for mass movements, but also shedding light on the forces behind the itinerant lifestyle that all migratory creatures share.
Venom: Nature's Killer
January 26, 2013
Columbus' Lost Fleet
November 17, 2012
n 1494, Christopher Columbus made a second journey to the Americas, this time with more ships, more men and a grander mission. He sailed with 17 ships, almost 1400 people and a goal of building the first European colony in the New World. But in just a few short years, the settlement would perish - one-fifth of its inhabitants dead and at least six ships sunk in the bay. What happened at this ill-fated settlement remains a mystery 500 years later. Now, two separate teams of archaeologists, one at sea and one on land, journey to uncover new evidence of the failure of America's first European city, La Isabela. Located in what is now the Dominican Republic, La Isabela was Columbus' greatest aspiration and his chance at empire and riches. It was also the first sustained contact between the New and Old World, the first place where a local American civilization met and clashed with the European colonizers. But Columbus' quest for wealth, power and governorship of the New World would never come to be. Hundreds of his men and thousands of indigenous Taino Indians of Hispaniola perished. Hurricanes, then unknown to the Spanish, sank their ships, and the colony ultimately collapsed in just four short years. Incredibly, no one knows exactly why and how the colony ended in ruin. But clues can be found in their 15th century ships and bones and the hunt is now on to find out what went wrong at La Isabela. Charlie Beeker, the director of underwater science at Indiana University, is on perhaps his most elusive and important quest ever: to find a ship of Christopher Columbus. To date, a Columbus shipwreck has never been discovered. It's a space capsule of its time, potentially holding New World items meant for Spain and important findings of how these ships of discovery were built... and sunk. Having surveyed thousands of shipwrecks, with one of the oldest dating back to the age of conquest and piracy in the Caribbean, Beeker hopes to unlock this mystery at sea and add knowledge to the mystery of Columbus' failed second journey. On land, husband and wife bio-archaeology team Andrea Cucina and Vera Tiesler, are on a forensic mission to figure out who these first colonists were and what killed them in such a short period of time. They will dig graves to uncover bones of these settlers. Bones can tell a story even 500 years later. They can reveal diseases, signs of violence, or other evidence of cause of death. Both teams will have to contend with a shroud of mystery created by 500 years of time, degradation and myths propagated by Columbus and his men. Fortunately, bones and artefacts don't lie... and somewhere in the sea and sand lies the truth behind the rise and fall of La Isabela.
City of Ants
July 7, 2012
Can a group of insects morph into a single creature? They can, when it's a group of ants. Their colonies are so in sync that some scientists call them a ,superorganism, - where individuals act more like cells in one huge body. City of Ants reveals ants as you've never seen them before. New science explores how ants communicate, organize and make decisions, all in the blink of an eye. State-of-the-art macro photography gets closer to these astonishing creatures than ever before, revealing how a million tiny brains can accomplish wonders by working together as one.
June 9, 2012
June 9, 2012
Obama: The Whitehouse Through the Lens
May 5, 2012
The Obama White House: Through the Lens follows the US President, via Pete Souza, his official photographer, into key political and social situations - from giving speeches and hosting State dinners, to playing with Bo, the family dog. In this unique programme the trusted producers from National Geographic Television were deep inside the real West Wing, capturing the frenetic pace of everyday life and for the first time, seeing what it is really like to be President and how the White House works. Shooting took place over a six-month period during this historic first term, extending into 2010, and with footage featuring President Obama onboard Air Force One, meeting with heads of state, eg Canada's PM, Stephen Harper, arriving for lunch with former President, Bill Clinton and joking with White House staffers, The Obama White House: Through the Lens is one of the most intimate and telling portraits ever of an American president. We even get a unique insight into the everyday life of the First Lady as NGT were also able to film over the shoulder of another photographer. This landmark film is built on a series of unprecedented sequences that reveal the texture of Obama's White House as seen from the inside by Pete Souza. Working for Obama is a high-adrenaline challenge, unlike any job anywhere and it is relentless. The President's life is a blur of high-level meetings, greetings, politicking, trips, events and crisis management - and Souza has to get it all. Where he moves, we move, ultimately delivering an unprecedented look at the grit of the President's day, always from just over his shoulder. The schedule that Obama, and thereby Souza, follows is so intense that some days are broken into two and three minute segments, a rapid-fire series of moments, each charged by the intensity of being at the fulcrum of power. Stand outside the Oval Office as NGT did for several days last September and pretty soon, everyone who is anyone will come by. In the space of one 10-minute period we encountered Colin Powell, the Obama's new dog, Bo and Henry Kissinger - each of whom was either en route to or from a meeting with the Commander-in- Chief.
Easter Island Underworld
April 7, 2012
On the legendary Easter Island in the South Pacific, a team of National Geographic explorers and scientists undertakes a groundbreaking expedition: to attempt a first-ever mapping of the vast cave system beneath this enigmatic isle. While doing so they make astonishing new discoveries that will shed light on one of the greatest mysteries in human history: the fall of Easter Island. What caused this civilisation to crumble - and what might this knowledge mean for us today?
Great Migrations: Behind the Scenes
March 3, 2012
Starting in 2007, National Geographic crews dispersed all over the planet to film the most amazing and unique animal migration stories ever told. Over three years, the crew spent 350 hours in trees, 500 hours in blinds and 400 hours underwater. This behind-the-scenes story takes you to the depths of the sea and the far corners of the earth as you experience the dangers, difficulties and adventures of a National Geographic cameraman.
Great Migrations - Feast or Famine
February 25, 2012
Filmed in more than 20 countries across a three-year period, by more than 30 of the world's leading wildlife filmmakers and using the very latest, cutting-edge technology, this landmark, blue-chip series is one of the most astounding wildlife programmes ever made and probably National Geographic Television's most impressive show in it's 45-year history. Our planet is in constant motion: death-defying dramas playing out every day across the land, sea and sky; millions of creatures moving because their lives depend on it. 4. Feast or Famine Every migration is an epic journey, driven in large part by hunger. Every day, millions of creatures are moving in search of greener pastures. From microscopic plankton to rare desert elephants; from predatory bald eagles to luminous jellyfish; from ravenous great white sharks to lightning-quick peregrine falcons; our planet is on the move. Countless creatures on timeless journeys, moving in numbers, surviving as one.
Great Migrations - Race Against Time
February 18, 2012
Filmed in more than 20 countries across a three-year period, by more than 30 of the world's leading wildlife filmmakers and using the very latest, cutting-edge technology, this landmark, blue-chip series is one of the most astounding wildlife programmes ever made and probably National Geographic Television's most impressive show in it's 45-year history. Our planet is in constant motion: death-defying dramas playing out every day across the land, sea and sky; millions of creatures moving because their lives depend on it. 3. Race Against Time Migrations are ticking clocks: every day, countless animals must move or die, driven by changing seasons and a changing climate; they are racing to reach their destination, before it's too late - to breed, feed or simply stay alive. For animals ranging from walruses to whale sharks, zebras to orangutans, pronghorn to plankton - every day is a race against time.
Great Migrations -Need To Breed
February 11, 2012
Filmed in more than 20 countries across a three-year period, by more than 30 of the world's leading wildlife filmmakers and using the very latest, cutting-edge technology, this landmark, blue-chip series is one of the most astounding wildlife programmes ever made and probably National Geographic Television's most impressive show in it's 45-year history. Our planet is in constant motion: death-defying dramas playing out every day across the land, sea and sky; millions of creatures moving because their lives depend on it. 2. The Need to Breed Every day, migrating creatures around the world wage incredible journeys; risking it all in pursuit of the one thing more precious than themselves: the creation and caretaking of their precious young - the next generation of global wanderers. From the rocky beaches of the Falkland Islands to the dense forests of Costa Rica and Australia, to the desolate savannah of southern Sudan, countless animals venture forth on timeless journeys, bent on their own survival - and the survival of their species.
Great Migrations - Born To Move
February 4, 2012
Filmed in more than 20 countries across a three-year period, by more than 30 of the world's leading wildlife filmmakers and using the very latest, cutting-edge technology, this landmark, blue-chip series is one of the most astounding wildlife programmes ever made and probably National Geographic Television's most impressive show in it's 45-year history. Our planet is in constant motion: death-defying dramas playing out every day across the land, sea and sky; millions of creatures moving because their lives depend on it. 1. Born to Move Every day, millions of creatures are born into a life on the march, on the wing, on the run. Born to Move spans the globe, revealing four of the most remarkable animal movements: sperm whales travelling over a million miles in a lifetime; red crabs overcoming horrific obstacles on a daily basis; monarch butterflies taking four generations to cross a continent and wildebeest, rising above the gaping jaws of ravenous crocodiles.
That Shouldn't Fly
January 21, 2012
Langkawi Island, Malaysia - a tropical paradise and one of the most prestigious vacation destinations in all of Asia. Every year, thousands of tourists flock to Langkawi - its white-sand beaches and sun-filled resorts pull like a magnet. Yet most visitors have little idea what true wonders lie - and fly - just a short stroll away. Beyond the human hot-spots, incredible natural marvels await. Creatures that challenge logic and defy imagination. When you have wings, flying may seem a natural thing to do. But what if you are a mammal? Or are a frog or lizard - even a snake? Throughout Southeast Asia, such animals DO take to the air, and in a few places of pristine wilderness, these strange animals congregate. The protected areas of Langkawi Island hold such wonders - they form a showcase of nature's best and most bizarre. But how exactly do such wingless animals glide from tree to tree? And why? Now, National Geographic Television and Gama Taktik, join forces to embark upon a detailed exploration of this hidden world. With the latest in Phantom camera technology, we capture the most incredible images ever seen of such wild behaviour. Our scientists then dissect these scenes frame-by-frame to unravel the mysteries of wingless flight. Why did such gliding evolve? How do these animals control flight, speed, angles, direction and stability? Why don't they tumble in mid air? How do they turn mid-flight? And land without injury? Is this behaviour all about escape or attack, or something else? From one extraordinary creature, to the next even more extraordinary, we peel back the bio-mechanical secrets of these animals that defy comprehension to fly through paradise. Of particular interest are the dipterocarp forests of this region. The towering dipterocarp trees bear fruit high up in the canopy, effectively elevating the entire ecosystem that depends upon them. This feature may ultimately answer the question of why animals in this part of the world have adapted to glide from tree to tree. This entire ecosystem will be on display in this one-off special, from the secluded beaches to the forest canopy, and from the smallest flying frog, to the spectacular so-called 'flying lemurs' - all captivating audiences with a combination of stunning visuals and breakthrough science.
Pelicans: Outback Nomads
November 26, 2011
A lone figure, mirage like, breaks up a vista that in every direction as far as the eye can see, is as flat as a surgical table. The air is hot and crisp, the light glaring relentlessly. The only sound to be heard is the chink of dislodged salt crystals being tossed by the dry wind. Being the tallest object for hundreds of miles isn't the only peculiarity about this figure. Stopping here and there the man inspects the ground and moves on into the seemingly endless saltpan. Dr. Greg Johnston has come to Australia's 'dead heart' in search of a final piece of an ancient puzzle. Yet it is not only this lone figure being drawn to one of the most hostile places on earth. At this moment torrents of waters are converging towards the continent's lowest point. Within days the area will begin to metamorphose into a veritable powerhouse of life. Floods will drench dry river systems and a plethora of flora and fauna will come to life in their wake. Red gibber plains transform into wildflower meadows, dormant amphibians emerge from their entombed state and a chorus of birdlife kick-starts a breeding frenzy. During the coming weeks the lakes will briefly earn the right to their name and return to their prehistoric glory days as an inland sea. Although this event is one of the most unpredictable of the Australian landscape, one species has become defined by it. The Australian pelican sees the entire Australian continent as its home, its riverbeds as road maps and its ephemeral lakes as immeasurably important chances to breed. They come in tens of thousands, mysteriously arriving just as fish stocks reach their pinnacle. No other animal personifies the dynamic nature of these ephemeral lakes as does the pelican and that is precisely why Greg is here. To literally dig into the past and unravel the long-standing 'affair' between the lakes and their transient devoted tenants.
Megastructure Breakdown - Super Stadium
November 17, 2011
The Orange Bowl - home to the Miami Dolphins for 21 seasons, and host of five Super Bowls - is about to be demolished. It's a monster breakdown job...with a monster deadline: in just four months, a demolition team needs to clear over a quarter million feet of stadium to get ready for the new Florida Marlins Baseball Park. Not only is there a tight timetable, everything must be salvaged or recycled. It's demo time for this aging behemoth, and the clock starts now...
Megastructure Breakdown - Locomotive
November 10, 2011
Railroads are the backbone of American industry. 170,000 miles of track crisscross the country from coast to coast, moving two billion tons of freight nationally every year. At the centre of it all sits Kansas City - the second largest rail junction in North America. Two hundred thousand trains pass through this location every year. But today, two SD40 locomotives owned by Kansas City Southern - or K-C-S - will stop running. These diesel locomotives have been on the rails for over 40 years. Now their engine technology is inefficient - so they're headed for the scrap dealer: Erman Corporation.
Mengele's Twin Mystery
October 25, 2011
24 Hours After: Asteroid Impact
May 21, 2011
Sixty six million years ago a meteor struck the Earth, wiping out three-quarters of all life on the planet (including most dinosaurs) and helped clear the way for the rise of mammals (including humans). Recent scientific investigations have made it possible to understand more precisely what likely happened and how, as the cosmic impact unleashed cataclysmic forces. Why did some creatures survive while nearly all others perished? What happened in those first minutes and hours, on a day when the whole world changed forever? In 24 Hours After: Asteroid Impact, we meet scientists who are piecing together what they think is the precise chronology of that day. Using computer graphics and real-world demonstrations, the film takes viewers step-by-step through the cataclysmic events of that day to examine the likely cascade of effects that followed the impact, and show who won and who lost - and why - in the ultimate test of survival.
Eye For Architecture
May 7, 2011
Top architectural photographer John Gollings takes a photographic journey through the rapidly changing cities of Australia and Asia, where we witness firsthand their remarkable facelift as well as their historic roots. We travel with Gollings to ancient India and Cambodia's Angkor temples to see how these magnificent dead cities have influenced his work.
April 30, 2011
Species extinction is happening at an alarming rate - a hundred to a thousand times faster than ever before because of human activity. Join scientists and conservationists around the world as they work to protect endangered animals and their natural environment. From pandas, whooping cranes and frogs to orangutans and crocodiles, Wild Again shows viewers what it takes to save the world's endangered species.
Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Sacred Caves
April 23, 2011
A team of explorers and scientists visit a remote region of Nepal to climb into a complex of human-carved caves that have not been entered by humans for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Why do they exist, and what can they reveal about the history of Tibetan Buddhism? Ancient human remains, magnificent wall paintings and a hand-inked library of over 10,000 manuscript pages are among the treasures that await them.
National Geographic - Shark Eden
April 2, 2011
In March 2009, twelve scientists embark on a ship that's more like a floating science lab. Led by charismatic and camera-friendly National Geographic Fellow, Enric Sala, this passionate team of the world's foremost coral reef biologists is on a mission to investigate the mind-blowing web of life that exists on one of the planet's last, pristine coral reefs. It's eco-time travel at its best-- the scientific expedition of a lifetime.
Into the Wilderness (Series 3): Canyonlands National Park
March 26, 2011
Canyonlands National Park Canyonlands is the little-known jewel of the American National Parks. This stark landscape of extraordinary features contains more than 300,000 acres of desert wilderness, towering spires and spectacular canyons. But this rugged terrain is a more than a pretty picture; it is a history book of time. Its stories stretch from the geologic forces that created this land, to the beginnings of life on earth and ancient people, to the cowboys and outlaws of the Old West. If Canyonlands looks static, or if it looks void of life, look again: life exists where you'd least expect it.
Into the Wilderness (S4): Glacier National Park
March 19, 2011
Where Montana kisses Canada lies a jewel of the US national park system. Glacier's million-acre wilderness is arguably America's most stunning natural environment, with 700 or so wetland areas and lakes, towering peaks, hundreds of waterfalls and - of course - two dozen glaciers. Called by Blackfeet Indians ,the backbone of the world,, this World Heritage Site straddles the US/Canadian border. Its glaciers carve and reveal prehistoric seas, faults, uplifts and giant slabs of ancient crust - a unique geologic formula for spectacular scenery. Over 700 miles of hiking trails venture into the national park's backcountry - an extreme playground for cross-country skiers, paddlers and climbers. Glacier is also a living laboratory for scientists. They work to understand how a warming climate will change this ecosystem, protect vulnerable aquatic species, track grizzly bears and wolverines, study glacial retreat and fight the devastating impact of a deadly disease on Glacier's mighty pines.
Into the Wilderness (Series 3): Appalachian Trail
March 12, 2011
For two thirds of the United States, the Appalachian Trail is within a day's drive. Four million people hike part of the 'A.T.' every year - but few experience the full breadth of America's first National Scenic Trail. We'll traverse the 2175-mile long path, through 14 states, along the rideline of the ancient Appalachian Mountains. We'll encounter rattlesnakes in the Mid-Atlantic, and giant moose in the mountains of Maine - and climb to the treeless heights of a frozen Mount Washington. And we don't stop there... we'll take you beyond the beaten track. Approximately 250,000 acres of protected land surround the Appalachian Trail. Thousands of species of plants and animals live here - 2,000 are rare, sensitive, threatened or endangered. To explore the A.T. is to hike the Great Smoky Mountains - home of the most visited National Park in the U.S.; it is to snake through over 100 miles of Shenandoah National Park; cross both the Delaware and the Hudson rivers; and reach several of the highest peaks of New Hampshire. Each area is unique and has its own untold story of geology, culture, history and nature, but all are linked by one common thread of wilderness - 'The People's Path', the Appalachian Trail.
National Geographic - Big Sur: California's Wild Coast
March 5, 2011
Carved between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the magic of the ,Big South, stretches just 90 miles long and 20 miles wide, and is flanked on the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains. Just offshore is the largest submarine canyon in North America, where a rich upwelling from the deep nourishes shallow kelp forests. At the shoreline, rocks are mobbed with many species of seals and sea lions. Two miles inland, coastal redwoods offer sanctuary to cougars, California condors and several unusual and rarely seen creatures. East of the tall trees, Big Sur stretches into meadows and oak woodlands where coyotes and hawks compete with rattlesnakes for small prey. Nowhere else in the world does such a wide variety of extreme habitats exist in such close proximity to one another. Dramas occur in every niche, but the magnificent coast is the centre stage for a longforgotten drama to unfold during this hour-long, blue chip film.
Redwoods: Anatomy of a Giant
February 26, 2011
Redwoods tells the story of the world's tallest living trees. Humboldt State University's Steve Sillett is obsessed with climbing monster redwoods. Just when he thinks he's climbed and measured an unbeatably tall tree, a new record-breaker turns up in a hidden valley. Sillett awaits the results of a new high-tech aerial survey that may reveal one of the last undiscovered giants. As Sillett investigates redwood crowns, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay charts the redwood range on the ground. It's an epic, year-long journey to size up the past and future of this tree. He begins at the southernmost redwood in Big Sur, California. Sillett's conquest of the canopy did not come without risk. He watched a falling branch come within a foot of killing a colleague. He dislocated a shoulder catching himself in a fall. He spent a horrifying night in a creaking tree that two months later crashed to the ground - an accident that would have both killed and buried him in a flash. But what Sillett discovered nearly 400 feet above the forest floor was worth the danger. The canopy contained a hidden world of trees growing within trees, fern gardens growing on soil mats the size of a bus and a mysterious salamander as top predator. Sillett tallied every speck of biological stuff from ground to crown in one plot of redwood forest. His patch contains more biological material by far than any other measured patch of the planet.
The Changing Ape
February 19, 2011
Anthropologist and Emerging Explorer Jill Preutz takes us deep into the fascinating world of the creatures she has studied for 9 years -- giving us exclusive access to not only their groundbreaking hunting skills, but their other strangely human ways: They spend most of their days on the ground, not in a tropical canopy; they splash in swimming holes; they even curl up in caves. With the help of experts on our earliest ancestors, newly discovered evidence of a chimp stone age, and groundbreaking graphics of how our ancestors may have looked and acted, we take an eye-opening and controversial scientific journey that reveals as much about ourselves as the remarkable chimps of Fongoli.
Ghosts of the Black Sea
November 6, 2010
There is a mysterious sea where history set sail and never made it to port. The Black Sea is a treasure trove of sunken ships and marine archaeologists have barely scratched the surface of what might be uncovered beneath its lifeless waters. How is it possible that a 1,500-year-old shipwreck is in near perfect condition, looking as if it sank just yesterday? And what secrets does it hold? Marine geologist Robert Ballard revisits this enigmatic sea to unlock answers to these questions and more.
Mysteries of the Moose
October 30, 2010
The moose is a colossus of size, power and majesty, with an armoury unmatched on Earth. Explore the hidden life of an icon of the Northern wilderness.
May 1, 2010
The great apes are our nearest relatives. But how similar are their minds to ours? Just how smart are they? In Senegal, Andy Whiten and Jill Pruetz set out to find out. Their quest has to reckon with a freshly discovered and somewhat chilling revelation about chimp intelligence.
Titanic's Nuclear Secret
March 20, 2010
In 1985, Robert Ballard grabbed the world's attention when he discovered the famed ocean liner. Few knew that when he found Titanic, he was on a secret intelligence mission for the U.S. Navy. He was investigating the loss in the 1960s of two American nuclear submarines, the Thresher and the Scorpion.
March 13, 2010
A prehistoric, two-metre creature moves stealthily through the ancient rainforest: a blazing, multicoloured neck flashes in the gloom. One of the world's most bizarre and deadly birds majestically appears - the southern cassowary - a flightless giant that can weigh up to 85 kg, swim across crocodile-infested rivers and run at 40 km/h. But after a devastating cyclone destroyed their forest home in 2006, starving cassowaries were forced onto the streets of Australian coastal towns like Mission Beach.
March 6, 2010
Bright-eyed, bounding exuberantly, standing tall as a man, spilling adorable joeys out of the pouch: what could be causing kangaroos to leave the bush, come into town and cause chaos? Scientists and wildlife rescuers search for clues, and also investigate the kangaroos' deadly foes: dingoes, people, and Australia's largest bird of prey, the wedge-tailed eagle.
Humpbacks: Inside the Pod
January 30, 2010
A humpback whale calf. She's boisterous and carefree, yet she's been in constant danger from the moment she was born. This is the story of the first year in her life in an underwater world ruled by cunning and ruthless predators. We follow mother and calf on their perilous journey from Hawaii to Alaska and back, from active volcanic islands to the majesty of glaciers and icebergs.
January 16, 2010
Most of the gold ever mined throughout history remains in circulation - recycled and all but untraceable. Gold is eternal. Once ripped from the earth and purified, it cannot be destroyed - so durable that 4,500-year-old Egyptian dental work is good enough for today's mouths. When it goes missing, it stirs deep and dark passions.
Crucible of Life
December 12, 2009
Cradled by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, the Celebes Sea plunges over 5,000 metres into a dark, cold, timeless abyss. Severed from contact with other oceans, far below the reach of sunlight, an explosion of strange, extraordinary creatures has evolved under conditions unlike anything found on land. For scientists, it is an unexplored hotspot - one of the richest and most diverse on the planet - and it just may hold the secrets of undiscovered life.
Herod's Lost Tomb
December 5, 2009
Known as an arch-villain who ordered the massacre of all male children under the age of two, Herod the Great was also one of the greatest architectural masterminds in world history. He was responsible for 22 temples, palaces, fortresses and cities in ancient Judea, plus an aqueduct and a deep-water port. But where is his tomb?
Into the Wilderness: Death Valley
November 28, 2009
In this epic and forbidding wasteland there is life. Life at its most curious, secretive and mysterious: a fathomless natural well whose ancient water is all that remains of an ocean; mammals that never need to drink; mass migrations of giant spiders and mineral-eating bacteria that hark back to the beginning of life on Earth. There's also a mystery here that defies the imagination - gigantic boulders that skate across the desert.
Into the Wilderness: Hawaii
November 21, 2009
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: 80-foot high coral reefs, 139,000 square miles of uninhabited islands and countless shipwrecks. More than 7,000 species of bird, fish and mammal - a quarter of them unique to the area - live in a unique web of life that we're only just beginning to understand.
Into the Wilderness: Grand Canyon
November 14, 2009
At the edge of a chasm one billion times their size, visitors see only a tiny fraction of the Grand Canyon's true beauty hidden amidst its stone, its water and its wildlife. Some of its backcountry has almost certainly never felt the tread of a human foot and scientists know precious little about the canyon's wildlife, its vegetation - even how and when it was formed.
Into the Wilderness: The Everglades
November 7, 2009
Each year more and more of the water that feeds the Everglades is diverted to the farmlands and the rapidly growing cities of Florida. Every drop taken by people upstream makes a difference in how high an island or a tree sits out of the water... and with the wrong height, that ecosystem will die.
Kingdom of the Cobra
October 31, 2009
Deep in the jungles of southern India, a legendary serpent hunts. Camouflaged against the forest floor, a king cobra waits in ambush as a rat snake slithers along a dry riverbed. Suddenly, the cobra makes a single strike: the rat snake will die.
Darwin's Lost Voyage
October 24, 2009
Darwin spends a mere five weeks in the Galápagos islands and, contrary to conventional belief, his greatest epiphanies do not occur there. Instead, they are a culmination of years exploring the wilds of South America, a world teeming with life. What he finds along the way is perplexing to a 19th-century naturalist.
October 17, 2009
The Marmaray Tunnel stretches under the Bosporus to link Istanbul's Asian and European parts. To engineers, the greatest challenge was equipping the tunnel with anti-seismic technology to survive a major earthquake ... until they unearthed the greatest nautical archaeological find of the century: an ancient port of Constantinople.
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
October 10, 2009
Scientists join the blue whales' stunning migration and observe the massive creatures' courtship behaviour off the coast of Costa Rica. Now they hope to find and record the breeding and calving grounds of the biggest mammals in the sea.
October 3, 2009
Photojournalist James Balog and his team battle harsh weather and court danger to deploy 26 time-lapse cameras on glaciers across the northern hemisphere, programming them to shoot a frame every daylight hour over three years to examine rapid glacier melt and its implications for the future.
March 5, 2009
Inspired by ancient Chinese art, the architects of the Beijing Olympic Stadium came up with a sculpture of curving lines that seen from the sky resembles a bird's nest made with steel "branches" and "twigs." Not only structurally sound, this goliath construction is energy efficient, thus also fulfilling the Games' green goals.
The Hunt for HMAS Sydney
February 14, 2009
Sunk off the West Australian coast in 1941, HMAS Sydney went down with its entire crew of 645. Its location has been a mystery for 66 years. This incredible story begins with a wounded ship lost in the middle of nowhere and follows the events that led to its stunning rediscovery in March 2008.
Elephants: Return to the Wild
February 7, 2009
Nasharuddin Bin Usman has an unusual job: to move wild elephants, like Amanda, back into their Malaysian rainforest habitat to protect them from being shot or poisoned by angry locals.
Eco-engineering: Green Skyscraper
February 5, 2009
Buildings account for 40 per cent of total U.S. energy consumption - so it stands to reason that building "green" would be a natural progression. But do "green" skyscrapers live up to the hype? And how do these giant behemoths match up against each other?
Cheetahs: Against the Odds
January 31, 2009
In the Serengeti, cheetahs live uneasy lives. Females with cubs must hunt. Left alone, their offspring are exposed to the savagery of more powerful predators. Even scavengers can gain the upper hand over these slender felines. Cheetahs are the fastest, but also the most vulnerable of the big cats. We follow two cheetah mothers, with varying fortunes, as they struggle to raise their families against the odds.
Eco Engineering- Power Tower
January 29, 2009
Two 50-storey glass "sails" rise over 240 metres into the sky on the shores of the Persian Gulf. The Bahrain World Trade Centre is powered by the first large-scale integration of wind turbines into a skyscraper, the brainchild of 37-year-old South African architect Shaun Killa.
January 24, 2009
Ken Street has a project that is vital for the future of the planet: finding seeds that may help save the world from its greatest ever crisis - a global food shortage brought about by human-induced climate change.
Eco Engineering: Geo Thermal: Energy From Within
January 22, 2009
In the race to develop renewable energy sources, a dark horse may be poised to take over the pack: geothermal energy. Heat from the Earth's interior is perhaps the world's cleanest resource.
The Fawn Identity
January 10, 2009
The story of two fawns living parallel lives on the great plains of Africa: one, an impala, resident in the southern acacia forests and the other, a Thomson's gazelle, soon to be on the march with the great herds. Both must outrun their natural opponents, the predators, to survive in a relentless and deadly contest - a race for life itself.
December 13, 2008
With one of the most bizarre looking heads found in nature, the hammerhead shark has proven to be a remarkably successful predator. But how will these magnificent fish continue to survive and meet the natural and unnatural challenges of today? A bold new scientific experiment aims to track hammerheads in the open ocean with the hope of broadening international safeguards and limiting fishing in order to link together a network of shark highways.
Alaska's Black Gold
December 6, 2008
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the "Alaskan Serengeti," a vast wilderness near the top of the world where an incredible pilgrimage of 100 000 caribou makes its way to the ocean and back every summer. The place is a national treasure. Just below the surface is another kind of treasure - the promise of oil.
Eden at the End of the World
November 22, 2008
A rare and precious haven for some of earth's most indestructible creatures, the wilds of Patagonia cover more than a quarter of a million square miles of Chile and Argentina. At its crown tip is a grand island - Tierra del Fuego - a land as harsh as it is beautiful. In the course of millions of years only a few species have learned to endure in this realm of endless, punishing winds. And today, those that have face the greatest challenge of their lives.
November 15, 2008
An in-depth look at an unusual pride of lions.
China's Mystery Mummies
November 8, 2008
More than 1,000 years before any known contact between the East and West, hundreds of mummies, many with Caucasian features, were buried in a Chinese desert. Who were these people and where did they come from?
Quest for the Megafish of the Amazon
November 1, 2008
There are fish ... and then there are FISH. Lurking in the murky depths of the world's great waterways are bizarre giants - specimens of such enormous proportion and odd appearance they boggle the mind. Aquatic ecologist Zeb Hogan heads for the Amazon, an ideal place to search for megafish.
Valley of the Wolves
October 25, 2008
Imagine a place that holds everything you've ever wanted. High slopes and good timber for cover and den sites. Water. Your very own herds of elk and bison to hunt and all the wide-open space you need for the chase. Other predators are here - grizzlies, coyotes and foxes - but as a large wolf pack, you dominate. But others of your kind also want this place. They will challenge you for it. How far will you go to defend it?
Mighty Movers: Deep Sea Drillers
October 23, 2008
In the Gulf of Mexico, gigantic state-of-the-art precision machinery - including a bizarre drilling ship with a hole in its centre - is attempting to mine the deepest gas reserves ever targeted. But if these mega machines can't work in perfect synchrony, the project will produce nothing but a two-billion dollar mistake!
Death of the Iceman
October 18, 2008
Entombed in a glacier in the Alps for over 5000 years, the 'Iceman' is the oldest mummy ever found. Buried in the gritty details of his violent death is the bigger question of why he was killed. As three possible motives emerge - political assassination, clan warfare or ritual sacrifice - the story of the 'Iceman's' violent death illuminates the origins of conflict in the Copper Age.
Mighty Movers: Rock Eaters of Iceland
October 16, 2008
To build the Karahnjukar Hydro Electric Project, three 400-foot long rock-grinding monsters, starting from different points, are burrowing through miles of basalt. Even a slight miscalculation could lead to catastrophe - and to these mammoth machines being stuck miles underground.
Science of Dogs
October 11, 2008
Their ability to get along with us is hardwired. They have been used as castle guards, rescuers, hunters, fashion accessories and herders. And with 400 breeds and counting, from the three-pound chihuahua to the 270-pound bullmastiff, dogs come in greater variety than any other animal species on the planet. Join us as we explore why the dog may be man's best friend.
Mighty Movers: Panama Canal Unlocked
October 9, 2008
It took a miracle of engineering to create it: the construction of the biggest locks and largest earthen dam ever attempted, the creation of two massive lakes and blasting a path through a mountain range. Yet almost a century later, is the Panama Canal headed for its demise? Or destined to become even bigger?
Humpback Whales from Fire to Ice
October 4, 2008
A humpback whale calf. She is almost carefree...yet she has been in constant danger from the moment she was born. This is the story of the first year in her life: 12 months to learn how to survive in an underwater world ruled by ruthless predators. We follow mother and calf on their perilous journey across the Pacific from Hawaii to Alaska and back...a round trip of over 11,000 kilometres... from active volcanic islands bathed in a subtropical sea to the majesty of glaciers and icebergs in Alaska: a journey from fire to ice.
Mighty Movers II: Hawaii Superferry
October 2, 2008
It's no ordinary boat. The Hawaii Superferry will be a floating city complete with shops, restaurants and space to park nearly 3000 cars. If this mammoth catamaran-style craft works, it will fly over water using a tenth of the fuel of a plane, while carrying four times as many passengers. But the waters of the Hawaiian archipelago are notoriously rough. How will this new super ferry stay afloat in these stormy seas?
Australia: Land of Parrots
April 26, 2008
In Australia, parrots and cockatoos are everywhere, and often in large numbers. This is a spectacular exploration of the wide diversity of these fascinating and stunning birds, from the tool-using palm cockatoo in the tropical rainforests of the north to the red-headed gang-gang cockatoo of the mountains and the mulga and ring-necked parrots of the interior.
Lake of a Thousand Caiman
April 5, 2008
At the start of the Amazon's dry season, the forest drains, and South America's largest predators, the black caiman, are driven to the only remaining source of water: the lake. Over a thousand of these cousins of the crocodile battle for space in an ever-decreasing pool.
Science of Babies
March 15, 2008
A baby's epic journey from first breath to first step. We explore the amazing mechanics behind the milestones in a human infant's life, comparing them to babies of other species. As our baby reaches its climactic first step, we begin to understand what miracles of engineering babies are.
February 9, 2008
For over 500 million years, the jellyfish has survived in our oceans. Today, global warming and pollution may be contributing to a population explosion, And though they have no bones, blood or brain, some jellyfish are armed with a deadly arsenal unlike any other on the planet. Dissecting the fascinating physiology of this living fossil.
The Great Inca Rebellion
January 19, 2008
In 2004 Peruvian archaeologist Guillermo Cock began excavating a 500-year old Inca cemetery on the outskirts of Lima. The new evidence his work revealed has led the long-accepted account of a swift Spanish conquest of the Inca - achieved through guns, steel and horses - to be replaced by a more complete story.
Inside Jerusalem's Holiest Places
December 22, 2007
To Muslims it's Al-Haram al-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary. To Jews and Christians it's the Temple Mount. Depending where you are in Jerusalem, using the wrong name could spark a riot. Rarely are cameras allowed inside the walled sanctuary in the heart of Old Jerusalem that is home to the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Eye of the Leopard
December 15, 2007
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November 29, 2007
In the new surveillance society cutting-edge technologies are being developed to identify, monitor and track both people and things. And the changes in our lives are closer to home than we ever imagined.
Human Voltage: Struck by Lightning
November 24, 2007
It travels faster than a speeding bullet. It burns five times hotter than the surface of the sun. And lightning can strike you dead pretty much out of the blue. Thirty million volts of electricity colliding with the human body are enough to stop your heart, zap your memory, change your personality. National Geographic follows the stories of three lightning victims and storm chaser Tim Samaras as he takes us into the heart of a lightning storm.
Into the Wilderness: Yosemite
November 17, 2007
Known for its steep granite cliffs, impressive waterfalls and the world's largest living trees, Yosemite is home to unruly black bears, fierce bobcats, foxes, snakes and a variety of bats. Venture deep into the heart of Yosemite as we join rock climbers on risky excursions and hikers on lost paths.
Into the Wilderness: Denali
November 10, 2007
Mt. Denali, the highest peak in North America, is one of the most dangerous climbs in the world. Those who attempt the summit risk freezing temperatures and gale-force winds - not to mention altitude sickness. And there is more to this park than just the mountain. Moose, caribou, grizzlies and wolves roam a wild playground. Far below, a rumbling fault line is prone to violent tantrums that can spawn earthquakes.
Into the Wilderness: Yellowstone
November 3, 2007
Millions have seen the bubbling mud pots and clockwork geysers, but beyond the boardwalk, there's a wilderness few have experienced. Much of Yellowstone's vast back country is remote, some of it dangerous, all of it commands awe and respect. Wolves, bison and bears roam freely and new waterfalls wait to be discovered in an ever-changing geological cauldron of magma, fumaroles, boiling hot springs and poisonous gases.
October 27, 2007
Get in the pilot's seat of nature's most elite airborne unit as novel onboard camera technology, ride-along angles and stylish graphics reveal the engineering secrets of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls.
October 20, 2007
Rats have an amazing ability to memorize, communicate, jump and squeeze through tiny gaps. On the ultimate rat obstacle course they demonstrate how and why they outwit, outrun and outnumber humans on so many occasions.
October 13, 2007
Thera, now the Greek island of Santorini, was a volcano so colossal it shattered the ancient world, cast the land into darkness and sparked a mega-tsunami. But could it also have destroyed one of the Europe's first civilizations? The truth has been lost in legend - until Robert Ballard, armed with a two-tonne remotely operated vehicle and high definition cameras, dives into Thera's submerged caldera.
Attack of the Killer Bees
October 6, 2007
They breed five times more often than native honeybees. A single swarm can deploy 50,000 defenders. They can chase predators for a quarter of a mile and bring down a creature as large as a horse. And their steady flight has already taken them across two continents, expanding their territory by 300 kilometres a year. They are now entrenched in nine states across the southern U.S. and continue to advance. NGT tracks the swarm movement and the efforts to stop them, with scientists, exterminators and professional beekeepers.
Gabon: Triumph of the Wild
September 29, 2007
In Gabon, against all odds, a visionary leader and a group of dedicated scientists are defying conventional wisdom that insists oil, mining and logging are the best way to bring prosperity. Out of the wild, they have created 13 new national parks and are developing an ecotourism industry to sustain them.
Amazing Planet: Destructive Forces
May 5, 2007
Water, ice and wind have carved Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon, singing sand dunes in vast deserts and the eerie wonder of deep cave systems.
Amazing Planet: Ocean Realm
April 28, 2007
Beautiful, bewildering, and largely unexplored, our oceans dominate our planet. How did they form? Why haven't they evaporated away? Take a journey from the coral reef shallows to the depths of the Mariana Trench.
Amazing Planet: Born of Fire
April 21, 2007
In an obscure corner of the universe, a relatively unremarkable galaxy shows signs of planetary progress. These violent growing pains are just a precursor of Earth's internal struggle to define itself. Driven by the dynamo of molten magma and plate tectonics, the ocean floor rips apart, continents collide, mountains rise and volcanoes erupt.
April 14, 2007
On the Mala Mala game reserve, filmmaker Kim Wolhuter wins the trust of a hyena clan and its queen. In their daily struggles, rivalry with lions, forms of communication and tenderness as mothers, they prove that they're not just cackling scavengers.
Truth Files 3: Deebles and Stone
February 21, 2004
Wildlife filmmakers Mark Deeble and Vicky Stone have a lifestyle that's anything but ordinary. This dynamic team, with their two children in tow, have captured some of nature's most elusive creatures and most dramatic moments.
Shooting the Big Cats
February 14, 2004
Photographers go the extra mile to get that perfect shot of big game cats.
February 7, 2004
Robert Ballard explores the world of underwater sound: how it is made, how it is heard and how it is masked. The battle for the seas during the Cold War produced an amazing array of stealth and surveillance inventions.
Into the Volcano
January 24, 2004
Photographer Carsten Peter braves toxic gases, treacherous rock falls, and giant pools of molten lava as he rappels inside volcanic craters on the South Pacific island of Ambrym - all in the name of science.
Africa's Predators in Crisis
January 17, 2004
Hunter-turned-healer Ulf Tibessings has devoted his life to treating some of the wildest and most unpredictable animals in Africa in the midst of a complicated dispute between human interests and the wild inhabitants.
Yellowstone's Hidden Forest
December 20, 2003
Photographic images of Yellowstone's signature species and spectacular time-lapse cinematography reveal how plants and animals are locked in a cyclical struggle to survive, revealing the relationships that bind and build the complex forests of one of the world's most famous national parks.
Chimps on the Edge
December 13, 2003
Chimpanzees numbering in the millions once roamed across central Africa. But the world's consumption of Africa`s forests has devastated the chimpanzee's range - possibly only around 150,000 remain. With time running out, Jane Goodall and National Geographic launched a bold new survey: Where are the wild chimps, how many are there, and can they be saved?
November 15, 2003
Insect expert Phil De Vries hops from continent to continent in search of the deadliest swarms on the planet.
The Ultimate Crocodile
November 8, 2003
The Nile crocodile's reputation as a killer is deserved, but it is a devoted parent, a good communicator and a social scavenger that can use teamwork to overcome problems.
Egypt: Into the Great Pyramids
November 1, 2003
A robot is used to explore what lies behind a stone door deep inside the Great Pyramid of the Pharaoh Khufu on the Giza plateau. Experts also open a sealed sarcophagus that may contain the oldest mummy found in Egypt.
October 18, 2003
In the Central African Republic primatologist Mireya Mayor, conservationist Chloe Cipolletta, and a team of BaAka trackers, come face to face with a group of lowland gorillas and try to convince people that these endangered primates are worth more alive than dead.
Devils of the Deep
October 11, 2003
In the deep waters of Mexico's Sea of Cortez human-sized Humbolt squid congregate, sometimes in the thousands, then disappear for months or years at a time. Scientists investigate the migration patterns and intelligence of these ravenous predators that are at the core of the area's food chain.
October 4, 2003
Conservationists take an audacious and controversial step by importing wild wolves from Canada to reintroduce into Yellowstone National Park fifty years after the last native wolf was killed off.
Attack of the Mystery Shark
September 27, 2003
Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed ocean adventurer Jacques, embarks on a worldwide investigation into the secret lives of sharks and tries to get to the bottom of a 90-year-old mystery. In 1916 two people in New Jersey were attacked in a freshwater creek - miles from the ocean. For decades many believed it was a great white, but the culprit is more likely the bull shark which can swim in both salt and fresh water.
Lost Sharks of Easter Island
This hour special begins with high seas adventure as shark expert Enric Sala and his team of scientists and explorers set out from Chile and brave the tempestuous Southern Pacific Ocean. First stop, Easter Island - a land of mammoth ancestral stone statues and a population of people with a cultural memory full of catastrophes. Diving underwater reveals an ocean desert that the team are quick to document.
When Continents Collide
Three million years ago, the rise of the Panamanian land bridge connected the American continents and unleashed an astonishing animal encounter. The emergence of the narrow, 400-mile-long Isthmus of Panama is one of the most important events in Earth's history - and one of the least understood. In this new show, we reveal the story of how the area comprising the current-day Republic of Panama connected two continents - each with its own full-blown animal kingdom - separated two oceans, and transformed the world as we know it.
Quest for the Lost Maya
National Geographic Television's Quest for the Lost Maya addresses new findings about the Maya civilization. The Maya's soaring pyramids, monumental cities, and mastery of astronomy and mathematics have spurred generations of explorers into the jungles of Central America on a quest to understand them. In the past decade, researchers working in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula have made a series of startling discoveries that reveal a gaping hole in our understanding of the Maya. What we thought we knew about the Maya could suddenly turn out to be just half the story. Quest for the Lost Maya follows a team of archaeologists as they uncover evidence of a forgotten Mayan society in the Yucatán. Buried beneath an ancient pyramid deep in the Yucatán jungle, the team discovers an even more ancient royal palace complex. They unearth a massive stone acropolis that rises nearly 30 feet above the jungle floor and is crowned with a ceremonial platform the size of four football fields; it could have held thousands of people. And, nearly 300 feet underground, they discover cryptic cave paintings that may be among the oldest Mayan iconography ever discovered in Mexico. The educational resources on this page include video clips from the show, background text, and questions to engage students in learning more about these amazing discoveries, demonstrating how science and social studies intersect in reaching new understandings about ancient civilizations.
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