Learn About Life at the Extremes

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 7:00pm


Earth’s natural wonders are parts of the natural world that nature has carved on such a scale, that they beggar belief. Vast mountain ranges, impenetrable rainforests, and dazzling tropical islands — places where nature is visible at its most primal, most powerful, and most extraordinarily beautiful. For human beings, survival within these wonders can pose extraordinary challenges.

Yet in even the most extreme and remote parts of our planet people do survive. Somehow, human beings have found a way to exist alongside Mother Nature’s most breath-taking creations. What makes these natural wonders so extreme? What are the challenges to human survival within them? And what helps and what hinders us in that struggle?

The three-part PBS series produced with the BBC, Earth’s Natural Wonders – Life at the Extremes, premieres Monday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. and airs on the two subsequent Monday evenings. The series, part of PBS' Summer of Adventure, shows how humble homo sapiens have come up with ingenious strategies for survival in these far-flung and astonishing places. Learn how survival techniques are now being forced to evolve quickly in the face of change and find out how human resilience, ingenuity, and bravery overcome the most extraordinary odds in the great struggle for life.

The natural wonders are epic in scale: often rugged, possessing an awe-inspiring beauty. But the factors that create these stunning landscapes, can also present enormous challenges for the people who call them home. The first episode, Surviving the Extreme (July 11), takes viewers from soaring mountains to deep jungles and frozen Polar worlds that are among the most extreme places to live on the planet. The extremes of nature encountered in many of Earth's natural wonders, can threaten human survival, or make human lives extraordinarily demanding. Yet human beings have devised remarkable ways to survive and even thrive in many of these places.

In many of the earth's natural wonders there is an abundance of animals. These can be a devastating threat to the people who live there, or they can provide a means of survival, but often at a high price. Surviving with Animals (July 18) shows how in some of the world’s most extraordinary natural wonders, it is wildlife that holds the key to survival for the people who live there. But animals can be our foes, as well as our friends.

Surviving Against the Odds (July 25) takes viewers to natural wonders in Brazil, Ethiopia, Laos, the Faroe Islands, and the high Alps of Switzerland where people must push themselves to the absolute limit in order to survive. For the people who call these extraordinary places home, survival requires great skill, ingenuity and bravery.

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