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Nature's Microworlds

  • Season 1
  • 13 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 5: Okavango

Summary

Steve Backshall turns his attention to Africa, exploring Botswana's Okavango Delta, one of the world's largest inland deltas which is home to a wide and diverse spectrum of wildlife. He asks what makes it possible for a river to stop in the middle of a desert and reveals an astonishing secret.

Review

Every year ten trillion litres of water cascade down from the Angolan highlands into the Okavango River and then spread out across the landscape, creating the largest inland delta in the world (seen to fabulous effect in stunning satellite shots). But what stops the water from simply draining away or becoming stagnant and turning the Okavango Delta into a saline lake? Narrator Steve Backshall has the answer, and it’s quite a surprise.

Once again, this series packs a lot of information into its short running time, not to mention wonderful photography: highlights include catfish gulping for air as waterholes dry up and elephants gambolling underwater.

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NarratorSteve Backshall

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Executive producerWendy Darke
Executive producerCerys Griffiths
Executive producerNick Shearman
ProducerMark Wheeler
Series producerDoug Mackay-Hope

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  • Episode 5

    Okavango

    Summary

    Steve Backshall turns his attention to Africa, exploring Botswana's Okavango Delta, one of the world's largest inland deltas which is home to a wide and diverse spectrum of wildlife. He asks what makes it possible for a river to stop in the middle of a desert and reveals an astonishing secret.

    Review

    Every year ten trillion litres of water cascade down from the Angolan highlands into the Okavango River and then spread out across the landscape, creating the largest inland delta in the world (seen to fabulous effect in stunning satellite shots). But what stops the water from simply draining away or becoming stagnant and turning the Okavango Delta into a saline lake? Narrator Steve Backshall has the answer, and it’s quite a surprise.

    Once again, this series packs a lot of information into its short running time, not to mention wonderful photography: highlights include catfish gulping for air as waterholes dry up and elephants gambolling underwater.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorSteve Backshall

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerWendy Darke
    Executive producerCerys Griffiths
    Executive producerNick Shearman
    ProducerMark Wheeler
    Series producerDoug Mackay-Hope
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