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Episode 1 of the nature documentary series about the Arabian Peninsula. The summer months bring with them one of the most significant natural phenomena of the region, the monsoon, or "khareef" in Arabic. The ocean upwelling that results along the coast of the Sultanate of Oman, brings nutrient-rich water up to the surface. The strip of land between the Dhofar mountains and the sea becomes remarkably lush, green and teeming with life. Produced by Blink Films UK for Blue Ant Media. Narrator's website: www.nicholasgauci.com
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National Geographic presents a beautifully created CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) documentary which takes us from Earth to the edge of the 'observable universe'. Narrated stunningly by Alec Baldwin and using images taken from the Hubble telescope, Journey to the Edge of the Universe explores the science and history behind the distant celestial bodies in the solar system and ventures far beyond what we as a species has ever gone before. This epic odyssey across the cosmos, takes us from the Earth, past our star and nearby planets, out of our Solar System and to galaxies near and far beyond. This will take you to the edge of human understanding. When you finish this journey, you will have a greater awareness and understanding of the vastness of the enormous universe that the human mind can barely comprehend. We are but a spec of dust in an infinite universe. This video takes you on a journey unlike any other, and never forget that this isn't even 1% of what we humans understand of the bigger picture.
Zambia's Luangwa Valley is home to Africa's biggest giants but its birds make it unique. There are over 400 different species in the Valley and each has adapted to exploit every opportunity on offer. The South Luangwa National Park is the most popular of the three and has year-round access. It is one of Africa’s ecologically unspoilt wilderness areas. The national park is 9050 square km in size and home to over 420 species of birds and over 60 species of mammals. The park is renowned for its high population of leopards which are commonly seen on night drives large herds of elephant as well as great numbers of hippo and crocodile in the river. Lions are commonly seen in South Luangwa National Park and it is the only place in the world where they are known . The lion prides here include up to 20 animals! Indigenous species to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park are the giraffe and the wildebeest.
The youngest of Austria’s national parks is also the country’s biggest continuous forest area. Ten million trees make the labyrinthine, fissured karst formations of the Reichraming and Sensen mountain ranges an endless green wilderness. But these mountain forests that were originally almost impenetrable lie in the midst of Austria’s iron industry. For more than a thousand years, it supplied the fuel for smelting iron from innumerable little mines in the region, especially from the Styrian Erzberg.
They hover over ponds and pools and inhabit the banks of rivers and streams. With their dazzling metallic colours and unique ways of flying they are truly jewels of the air. This film presents dragonflies as they have never been seen before. Fascinating close up shots take us into the world of these insects, which have lived on earth since the age of the dinosaurs. Spectacular super slow motion shots and elaborate computer animation uncover, for the first time, how dragonflies capture their prey at lightning speed while flying and how they mate in the air. Underwater photography reveals the development of the predatory dragonfly larvae while time lapse sequences show the emergence of the fully grown insect. However these amazingly colourful flying acrobats are in danger. The dragonfly's preferred habitat in and around water is rapidly diminishing, which, in Europe alone, has pushed around 80 species to the brink of extinction.