Life in the Frozen Wilderness

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Nature Documentary hosted by Tim Maynor, published by National Geographic in 2010 - English narration

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Life in the Frozen Wilderness

Three Programmes following the survival of the Polar Bear, Penguin and other inhabitants of these sub-zero lands. The Arctic and Antarctic regions comprise the most severe environments anywhere on Earth. Yet both regions are filled with animals, from microscopic sea life to the largest of the whales who visit the regions seasonally. Migrating birds and mammals make their way northward every spring to feast on the bounty of the brief Arctic summer. Penguins, sea mammals, albatrosses and other pelagic birds make their way to Antarctica for summertime feeding and breeding and birthing. These lives of these animals are fascinating as we see how well-adapted they are for life in these extreme environments.

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Only the strong survive at the top of the world. Stalk the Arctic ice with its fiercest predator, the polar bear, as it prowls one of the most forbidding places on the planet - a hidden kingdom of magnificent creatures. Armed with a keen sense of smell and backed up by 800 kilos of fur and fangs, the polar bear stands alone at the top of the food chain. Yet many other hunters manage to survive in and around harsh Arctic waters from the savvy arctic fox to the massive, whiskered walrus. The Arctic ice is revealed as a place of danger and drama where animals are stranded on frozen waters, trapped between moving sheets of ice, and caught in the struggle to survive.

[edit] Realm of the Great White Bear

Discover the fate of a polar bear and her twin cubs at the icy top of the world. National Geographic cameras follow the family during a two-year Arctic odyssey filled with touching and unforgettable moments, many never before filmed. Watch in wonder as curious cubs emerge from their den for the first time after a three-month hibernation. Go 'ice-crashing' with the polar bear family as they hunt for seals. Feel the tension as the mother protects her cubs from a hostile male, one of many dangers lurking on the ice floes. Just half of all cubs survive beyond their first year and this polar bear family needs the mother's finely tuned instincts and luck to beat the odds.

[edit] Emperors of the Ice

In the frozen wilderness of Antarctica, where oceans ice over and just staying alive is an achievement, one creature has perfected the art of survival - the emperor penguin. Eons of evolution have built an animal superbly adapted to the howling gales and sub-zero temperatures but the emperor may have finally met its match. Parts of Antarctica are warming, giving birth to huge icebergs and the consequences could be catastrophic for this majestic animal. In a place where all life is touched by the ice, it is a dramatic shift. Explore this region from its inhabitant's perspective, utilising Crittercam technology. By better understanding these amazing animals, researchers can help prepare for their future, as the balance of life in the Antarctic continues to change.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC
  • Video Bitrate: 1747 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1
  • Video Resolution: 720x576 (4.3)
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps CBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 52mins
  • Framerate: 25FPS
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 640 MB
  • Source: DVD
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