Nature's Most Amazing Events S01E01 - Arctic Summer
In the Arctic summer nearly three million miles of sea ice rapidly begin to melt. For the masters of the ice, the polar bears, the change in habitat threatens their survival but for other - like arctic foxes, beluga whales, the elusive narwhals and immense flocks of birds - this brief summer transforms the Arctic into one of the richest places on Earth.
The Natures Great Events team captures the greatest seasonal change on the planet in a year when the Great Melt was the largest ever recorded the sea ice had never retreated so far or so fast. In the summer of 2007 a staggering 400,000 square miles of extra ice disappeared. At this rate, its predicted that the Arctic summer could be ice-free in 20 to 50 years time.
As the temperature rises the cameras follow a mother polar bear and her cub making their first journey on to the sea ice in search for their favorite prey ringed seals. See how these and more arctic animals struggle to survive the harsh conditions, year after year.
Release Type.....: HDTV
Series...........: Natures Most Amazing Events
Title............: Arctic Summer
Production Code..: 101
Orig. Air Date...: 29 May 2009
Release Date.....: 29 May 2009
Source...........: 1080i HDTV
Video Format.....: XviD
Video Resolution.: 624x352
Video Bitrate....: 958 kbps
Video Framerate..: 24.975
Audio Format.....: MP3 VBR
Audio Bitrate....: 162 kbps average
Audio Sample Rate: 48 KHz
Each year at remote wilderness locations around the world, astonishing seasonal events take place that reveal the awesome power and grandeur of the planet's rich natural diversity. The six-hour high definition series NATURE'S MOST AMAZING EVENTS, premiering on Discovery Channel on May 29, 30 and 31 from 8-10PM ET/PT each night, features explosive events of nature triggered by seasonal change and vast climate change. The series reunites BBC and Discovery Channel -- co-producers of PLANET EARTH, the most lauded natural history series in television history.
Each episode of NATURE'S MOST AMAZING EVENTS focuses on a different natural event: the summer melt of ice in the Arctic, the annual salmon run in Canada, the flooding of the Okavango Delta in Africa, the huge annual bloom of plankton in the northern Pacific, the massive migration in East Africa's Serengeti plain, and one of the greatest marine spectacles on the planet -- the sardine run in South Africa. Filmed in 2007 and 2008, the series spotlights the incredible transformation of these wildly different landscapes and the intimate stories and dramatic interaction between the animals who occupy them, including some of the most dramatic wildlife confrontations and clashes ever recorded on film.
Episodes feature polar bears battling climate change; grizzly bear cubs emerging from winter dens to hunt salmon alongside equally hungry wolves; elephant herds struggling against drought and predators; one of the largest ocean feeding frenzies on the planet involving thousands of sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and enormous flocks of birds; and many more compelling scenes from the natural world.
To immerse viewers in never-before-seen details and perspectives, NATURE'S MOST AMAZING EVENTS put to use innovative filming techniques and technologies utilized to acclaim for PLANET EARTH. Filmmakers employed time-lapse, ultra slow-motion, and macro photography, as well as newer technologies that allowed for filming under the toughest situations, such as rough seas and challenging flying conditions. But the series also depended upon the production team being in the right place at the right time -- often, teams lived in extraordinarily remote areas for up to two months, simply waiting for the perfect shot.
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