Equator (NHK)

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Nature Documentary hosted by Peter Hayden and published by Discovery Channel, NHK in 2005 - English narration

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The Equator is not only the line that divides the Earth in two; it is also the climatic and evolutionary powerhouse of the world. Here the pace of evolution quickens, where the sun burns at its most intense. The Equator covers only five percent of the Earth's surface but is home to 50 percent of its animal and plant species. This remarkable series, filmed in high definition, will take us to the most extreme and diverse locations on the planet. The series will examine animal and plant life in six of the world's equatorial "hotzones": The Rift Valley in Africa; the Amazon Basin; the peaks of the Andes; South-east Asia; Indo-Pacific and the Galapagos Islands.

[edit] Paradox of the Andes

In the high Andes of Ecuador the intense power of the equatorial sun beats down through thin air onto a grassland world fringed by glaciers and cloud forest. Every day is like summer, and every night is like winter. Within just 24-hours plants and animals must cope with both freezing and over-heating.

[edit] Rivers of the Sun

The mighty Amazon River is the life blood of a forest. For half a year freshwater fish flourish in floodwaters that rise amongst the trees, then the waters retreat and the fish must face a six-month drought. The ancient Amazon has endured, and is both a time capsule for ancient animals and a hot house for the evolution of new species.

[edit] Battle for the Light

The rainforests of South East Asia are a battleground. Here, the greatest diversity of species in the world fight for light, for food and for life. Fuelled by the sun, rapid evolution encourages cunning and strategy to help plants and animals stake their claims in this complex high-rise world.

[edit] Power of an Ocean

The Galapagos Islands are desert islands surrounded by an ocean oasis. Palmyra is an island oasis in the middle of a desert ocean. They lie half an ocean apart, yet both are shaped by the power of the Equator. Great ocean currents, set in motion by the force of the Equatorial sun, affect the destiny of animals living in both places.

[edit] Challenge of Change

For much of the year the African Savannah bakes under the oppressive Equatorial sun. The dryness is unusual for the Equator, whose regions are often covered with dense rainforests and associated with a seasonless annual cycle.

[edit] Reef of Riches

The Indonesian archipelago in the Indo-Pacific Ocean comprises thousands of islands, atolls and the largest concentration of coral reefs in the world. This rich and varied environment is a product of a unique set of natural circumstances.

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Video Codec: Divx6
Video Bitrate: 3300
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Codec: MP3
Audio BitRate: 192kbps 48khz
Audio Channels: 2
RunTime Per Part: 52
Number Of Parts: 6
Part Size: 1400
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