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Earth's Natural Wonders

  • Season 2
  • 3 episodes
  • Science

Summary

Earth's Natural Wonders are among the most extreme places to live on the planet. From soaring mountains to deep oceans, people need bravery and ingenuity to survive within them.

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Episode 3: Surviving Against the Odds

Summary

Documentary exploring some of the most inhospitable places on the planet concludes by shedding light on the lives of the Kamayura People, who reside in Brazil's Xingu Indigenous Park. For the Kamayura, pleasing the spirits is crucial to maintaining good health, and during one key festival, a warrior must dance for hours to appease a bird spirit, sustained only by food and drink brought to him by villagers. In Ethiopia, belief drives the residents of the Tigray region to climb a 400-metre mountain to reach their church. In Switzerland, the Zermatt air rescue team offers an insight into why millions of hikers, climbers and skiers visit the Swiss Alps every year, despite the risk of injury - or even death.
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Review

This series continues to be oddly mislabelled: in this episode, the sequence about bomb-disposal experts clearing unexploded US ordnance from Laos doesn't depend on the wondrousness or otherwise of the place. Neither does an Amazonian tribe working together to catch fish. Both stories, however, are engrossing, and elsewhere there are examples of humans interacting with spectacular locations, albeit by choice rather than necessity.

We meet a Swiss Alps air rescue team, and the residents of the Faroe Islands, whose yearning for fulmar eggs prompts them to do some extreme abseiling. Even more stunning are the adventures of Ethiopian highlanders, who believe a particular church is the only place to baptise a newborn. It's carved into a sheer cliff, 400 metres up from the ground.

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DirectorRussell Leven
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Series producerJobim Sampson

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  • Episode 3

    Surviving Against the Odds

    Summary

    Documentary exploring some of the most inhospitable places on the planet concludes by shedding light on the lives of the Kamayura People, who reside in Brazil's Xingu Indigenous Park. For the Kamayura, pleasing the spirits is crucial to maintaining good health, and during one key festival, a warrior must dance for hours to appease a bird spirit, sustained only by food and drink brought to him by villagers. In Ethiopia, belief drives the residents of the Tigray region to climb a 400-metre mountain to reach their church. In Switzerland, the Zermatt air rescue team offers an insight into why millions of hikers, climbers and skiers visit the Swiss Alps every year, despite the risk of injury - or even death.
    Recommended

    Review

    This series continues to be oddly mislabelled: in this episode, the sequence about bomb-disposal experts clearing unexploded US ordnance from Laos doesn't depend on the wondrousness or otherwise of the place. Neither does an Amazonian tribe working together to catch fish. Both stories, however, are engrossing, and elsewhere there are examples of humans interacting with spectacular locations, albeit by choice rather than necessity.

    We meet a Swiss Alps air rescue team, and the residents of the Faroe Islands, whose yearning for fulmar eggs prompts them to do some extreme abseiling. Even more stunning are the adventures of Ethiopian highlanders, who believe a particular church is the only place to baptise a newborn. It's carved into a sheer cliff, 400 metres up from the ground.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorRussell Leven
    Executive producerJane Aldous
    Series producerJobim Sampson
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