The word nature is derived from the Latin term “natura” literally translated as birth. The all encompassing definition of nature is the natural, physical or material world or universe. Nature is the phenomenon that accompanies the physical world. On a larger scale it varies from subatomic to the cosmic. Nature may also refer to the general realm of various types of living plants and animals, and in some cases to the processes associated with inanimate objects such as the weather.
In other contexts, the variation of the word “nature”, such as “natural” is commonly used to describe the opposite of unnatural, supernatural or synthetic. Today the term is commonly associated with geology and wildlife.
In order for us to be able to study the natural occurrences and its elements, we have devised a categorization according to the properties of those elements. The primary categories are Earth, atmosphere, climate and weather, water, ecosystems, life, matter and energy. Every prime category has an internal division into specific areas, e.g. water is categorized into oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds and streams.
The documentaries and video materials compiled in this category are concerned with the above mentioned occurrences and other various natural phenomena.
Witness the efforts of an environmental activist, who risked his wellbeing and confronted the law, to save one little part of our planet`s lungs. The documentary “Among Giants” follows the story of this brave man and his incredible mission.
See what happens when humans abandon their habitat and all that is left behind are manmade structures. The ecosystem of that place begins the slow process of recovery and the entire flora and fauna can flourish without human interference. The city of Chernobyl has, accidentally, become such a place.
Discover how the Earth, as we know it today, came to exist. From the lifeless rocky surface encircled with boiling lava to the living and breathing green paradise with the abundance of life. The dramatic story of how the Earth was made is still going on.
The expedition lead by Paul Rose goes into the depths of the world`s oceans. See what extraordinary discoveries they made and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna of the ocean.
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In the fifty years that Sir David Attenborough has been broadcasting, he has travelled far and wide to document the living world in all its glory. In this series, David Attenborough’s First Life, he completes his journey by travelling back in time, to the roots of the Tree of Life, in search of the very first animals to exist.Attenborough has an interesting point to start with his journey none other than his own native childhood home in Leicester, which helped him further by discovering a fossil and that became a turning point in the evolution of complex life. Attenborough continued his journey to fog bound coastline of Newfoundland and the Australian outback, there he unearths the earliest forms of animal life to exist on Earth.His journey further to Canada Rocky Mountains helped him to get more knowledge about the animal diversity. But all these findings became less important when he travelled through North Africa, the rain forests of Australia and the east coast of Scotland, because it gave him a deeper idea about how these animals were successful in invading the ocean, not only that, land and air too.State of the art technology and photo-realistic visual effects help bring to life these wonderful and bizarre creatures. These creatures, from the first animal form that moved to the first mouths that ate, have developed tools and traits to enable them, including us, to survive to this day.
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There’s a jungle in Vietnam gigantic cavern. A skyscraper would fit well. Listen to the author Mark Jenkins and Boyd Matson National Geographic talking about what might be considered the world’s largest cave, the 2.5-mile Doong Hang Son mountain cave or river, along the border with Vietnam and Laos. Is the world’s largest cave? More than three times the height of Niagara Falls, most Vietnam Mountain River Cave has remained untouched by man until now. Featuring vintage, NGC reveals for the first time in history, striking evidence that this could be the largest cave in the world. Together with renowned expedition leader Howard Limbert, Darryl Granger cave geologist discovered the formula of how the cave was so big.
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The series uses time-lapse sequences extensively to provide knowledge that would otherwise be nearly impossible. Plants live in a different time scale, and although his life is very complex and often surprising, most of it is invisible to humans unless events that happen for months or even years are shown in seconds. Like many traditional wildlife documentaries, which makes almost no use of computer animation. The series also discusses fungi, but as noted, they do not belong to the realm of plants.The mechanisms of evolution are taught transparently, showing the advantages of different types of plant behavior in action.Adaptations are often complex, as is evident that the environment to which plants must adapt not only understands the soil, water and climate, but also from other plants, fungi, insects and other animals and even humans . The series shows that the strategies of cooperation are often much more effective than predators, as they often lead to prey developing methods of self defense – from plants growing spikes to insects learning to recognize the mime . However, humans can avoid all these rules of nature, so Attenborough concludes with a call to preserve plants, for the sake of self-preservation.
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The name of a Sufi word that translates roughly as the breath of life or a blessing, Baraka Ron Fricke’s impressive follow-up non-verbal documentary film Koyaanisqatsi Godfrey Reggio. Fricke was cinematographer and collaborator on Reggio’s film, Baraka and struck out on his own to polish and expand the photographic techniques used on Koyaanisqatsi.The result is a tour de force in 70 mm film directed meditation (Fricke’s own description) shot in 24 countries on six continents in a 14-month period that unites religious ritual, the phenomena of nature and man own destructive powers into a web of moving images. Fricke of the camera ranges, in meditative slow motion or bewildering time period, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Ryoan-Ji temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait.The smoldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subway terminal, tribal celebrations of the Masai in Kenya, chanting monks in the monastery Dip Tse Chok Ling … and so on, through locales throughout the world. To run the time-lapse film-sequences, Fricke had a special camera built that combined time-lapse photography with perfectly controlled movements
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You are starting a journey to a world of senses other than your own… We experience life through the five main senses, but even these are better developed in some animals known. Smell your way across an ocean as salmon do. See through the eyes of various aspects of a fly, which is a human hand when he is about to attack. Amazing effects reveal the secrets of animal perception.Episode 1: The Sixth Sense The animals use their senses of human beings who are unaware. Sensitivity to electromagnetic fields of the earth, or time pressure, can be used to aid navigation. Some animals can predict earthquakes. Predators to put these non-lethal ways to use: a shark in the homes of the electricity of the body of its prey, the vampire bats detect infrared radiation from the blood, a rattlesnake and see a picture of the warmth of his victim.Episode 2: The sense view A vulture can detect a carcass from a great distance, four-eyed fish can see above and below the water at the same time, a fly’s multifaceted eye sees a world very different from a human eye, while other insects can see ultraviolet light. And the Lions have an area of the retina that, in fact empathize with their prey.Episode 3: The sense of sound The human ear is limited in scope and are deaf to record a conversation or the elephant under pitched squealing mice. Whales use sound to communicate over hundreds of miles of ocean, while the spiders while listening to the beating of wings of the dam and the kangaroo rat has a sensitive ear can hear strike rattlesnake – and avoid . Birds, in turn, use sound to detect changes in climate and as an aid to navigation. Episode 4: Super Scents The smell is very useful in hunting, protection of a species, mating … and navigation. Petrels use it to find fish in the open sea, springbok issue a “warning” the smell of the herd as an indicator of a predator, salamanders, females inject their aphrodisiac, and epic journey of a salmon in the sea to spawn and die is achieved through their sense of smell.Episode 5: timing Courtship, egg laying, hibernation … The cycles of the earth, moon and sun are the rhythms that govern life. The perception of all animals of time varies according to your heart rate.A shrew lives 30 times faster than an elephant, so the time seems to pass more slowly. Also shown is a rare eruption of 17 years of U.S. cricket.Episode 6: Making Sense The end of the film shows how each animal has a unique view of the world derives from a combination of different senses.The mind creates mental maps of navigational skills, which can also be affected by genetic programming. Other super-senses are the result of the need to hunt or avoid being eaten. The mind decides what skills you need to survive.
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For 13 years, Timothy Treadwell spent his summers on the peninsula of Alaska, living among the wild bears in the last five years, recording his life there. His winters were spent visiting elementary schools and making appearances on television, in an effort to educate people about the status of the animals he loved. This continued until October 5, 2003, when Treadwell and his girlfriend were attacked and killed by a bear.Using images of Treadwell, as well as interviews with friends, family and local authorities, the director Werner Herzog crafts a fascinating documentary about his favorite themes: obsession, madness, and man’s place in nature. Herzog, who plays an active role in the film, identifies with Treadwell, even though their world views are at opposite ends of the spectrum.Addressing the camera, Treadwell, who had no formal training with animals, he saw himself as a “kind warrior” who was there to protect the bears from poachers, developers and others who would do them harm. But others saw him as a deluded crackpot, suffering at least from a naivete about her role in the lives of bears. (When waxes poetic Treadwell on a pile of fresh bear dung, it is difficult not to agree with them) … (Barnes & Noble)
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"James Cameron journeys to some of the Earth’s deepest, most extreme and unknown environments in search of the strange and alien creatures that live there. Joining him is a team of young NASA scientists and marine biologists who consider how these life forms represent life we may one day find in outer space not only on distant planets orbiting distant stars, but also within our own solar system. Aliens of the Deep is the result of expeditions to several hydro-thermal vent sites in the Atlantic and the Pacific. These are violent volcanic regions where new planet is literally being born and where the interaction between ocean and molten rock creates plumes of super-heated, chemically-charged water that serve as oases for animals unlike anything ever discovered. Six-foot tall worms with blood-red plumes and no stomach, blind white crabs, and a biomass of shrimp capable of “seeing” heat!
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Sometimes it seems as if our planet has no secrets left – but far below the great scientists of the Antarctic ice sheet have made a surprising discovery. They have discovered one of the largest lakes in the world. It’s very existence defies belief. Scientists are desperate to get into the lake due to its extreme environment can be home to unique flora and fauna, never seen before, and NASA are excited about what it can teach us about extraterrestrial life. However, 4 kilometers of ice are between the lake and the surface and break the seal without contaminating the body’s most pristine water on the planet is possibly one of the greatest challenges facing science in the 21st century.In 1957 the Russians established a remote base in Antarctica – Vostok station. It soon became synonymous with trouble – depends on an epic journey of 1 year. Tractor 000 km from the coast to supply water. The coldest temperature ever found on earth (-89 ° C) was recorded here on July 21, 1983. It’s an unlikely place for a lake of liquid water. But in the 1970 British team used a radar in the air to see beneath the ice, mapping the highlands buried under Antarctic ice. Flying near the base Vostok radar footprint suddenly went flat. It was assumed that the track could only be flat water. It was the first evidence that the ice could be hiding a big secret.But 20 years passed before their suspicions were confirmed when the satellite finally revealed that there was a huge lake at the base of Vostok. It is one of the largest lakes in the world – at 10,000 square kilometers, is the extension of Lake Ontario, but almost twice as deep (500 meters in some places). The theory was that it could only exist because the ice acts as a giant blanket of insulation, trapping heat sufficient to melt the earth at the bottom of the ice.
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Pedigree dogs are suffering from genetic diseases following years of inbreeding, an investigation has found. A BBC documentary says they are suffering serious problems, because the emphasis is on health when breeding dogs for shows. The program shows spaniels with brains too big for their skulls and boxers suffering from epilepsy. The Kennel Club says it works tirelessly to improve the health of pedigree dogs. Bred animals represent 75% of the seven million dogs in the UK and cost their owners more than 10 million pounds in veterinary expenses “each week.The program, pedigree dogs exposed, says that dogs suffering from genetic diseases are not prevented from competing in dog shows and have gone on to win “best in class”, despite his poor health. It says physical traits required by the breed standards of the Kennel Club as short faces, wrinkling, screw tails and dwarfism, have inherent health problems.Other problems occur because of exaggerations bred into dogs by breeders trying to win rosettes, it adds. The program shows a prize-winning Cavalier King Charles spaniel suffering from syringomyelia, a condition that occurs when a dog’s skull is too small for its brain. It also features boxers suffering from epilepsy, pugs with breathing problems and bulldogs who are unable to mate or give birth unassisted. It says deliberate mating of dogs which are close relatives is common practice and the Kennel Club registers dogs bred from mother to son and brother to sister matings. Scientists from Imperial College London, recently found that pugs in the UK are so inbred that although there are 10,000 of them, is the equivalent of about 50 different individuals.Steve Jones, professor of genetics at University College London, said: “People are carrying out breeding which would be the first of all entirely illegal in humans and secondly is absolutely insane from the point of view health of animals. “In some breeds they are paying a terrible price in genetic disease.”
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Soaring above roads and between city buildings is the fastest animal on the planet, the peregrine falcon, on a mission to kill for her chicks.Off the coast of South Africa the world’s largest predatory fish, the great white shark, has just completed a 7000 mile journey and is hungry for its next meal.On the plains of Africa, the fastest land animal, the cheetah, struggles to provide for her cubs as her enemies move in.And having just survived a drought by entering into a state of suspended animation, the prehistoric Nile crocodile is poised to ambush his dinner.With ground-breaking computer graphics and incredible close-up photography this documentary reveals the inner alchemy that gives these four extraordinary hunters the edge – from the moment they detect their prey through to the vital kill. But who is the Perfect Predator?
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Inside the Giants dissects the nature of the planet’s largest animals to discover its evolutionary secrets.Most wildlife documentaries will tell how an animal’s behavior, but animal dissection and study their anatomy we can see how an animal.Experts in comparative anatomy, evolution and behavior to put some of the great popular and enigmatic animals under the knife.Scientific vet, Mark Evans, will interpret the results, the biologist Simon Watts test “in the field of physiology and Richard Dawkins goes back to the animals” animals out in the tree of life.
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Follow the filmmakers from the Smithsonian Institute on a visual journey through the lush paradise of the Pacific Ocean that is home to some of the flora and fauna on the planet’s most precious. Scattered throughout Ecuador, this largely unexplored series of volcanic islands is home to an impressive array of endangered species are virtually unknown outside the archipelago.Darwin proposed his theory of evolution after contemplating changes in the bodies of birds and land animals isolated for thousands of years in the islands. But the real focal point of this film is beneath the waters of the islands, where Darwin was never explored.Because the currents flowing back and forth between the islands and mainland Ecuador, the evolutionary separation of sea creatures (compared with the inhabitants of the earth) has been dropped, but they are wonderful, however.
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A striking four-part series they record the intense events, which have created the ever-changing environments and wildlife of Europe.Genesis – An epic three billion year tale originates, with the unscrambling of clues as to how Europe’s magnificent sceneries and wildlife were crafted.Witness Oxford traveled by dinosaurs, the Jura vineyards of France engulfed under tropical seas, St Petersburg hidden under desert sands and the vastest event of all, the beginning of the Mediterranean.Ice Ages – Over the past two million years Europe has been brushed by waves of excessive climatic change. 2 kilometers dense ice masses sliced their way amidst the landmass, reaching as far south as London, Amsterdam and Berlin. Mammoths roved the North Sea, and even lions and hippos wandered Trafalgar Square. After that, just in advance the last great Ice Age let go of its grip, our descendants set foot on the mainland.Taming the Wild – In the last 10,000 years Europe has remained altered from a mainly forested, virgin countryside in to the shaped continent we see nowadays, and at an ever-accelerating degree. As civilization spread its impact across the terrain with colossal symbols of possession, animals were controlled, seeds were propagated, forests devastated and minerals quarried. How did wildlife manage with these extreme changes, and what influence did they have on us?A New Millennium – Nowadays, some 730 million people reside in Europe. How is wildlife acclimatizing to these brave new worlds, which are the victors and failures, and what labors are we doing to help? And in the end, given the difficulties with unwanted and aggressive species on the landmass through global trade, and a progressively changeable climate, the forthcoming could bring all sorts of astonishments.
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Dogs decoded reveals the science behind the extraordinary bond between humans and their dogs and investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of the dogs – with startling implications for the evolution of human culture. Other studies are showing what dog lovers have suspected all along: The dogs have a great ability to read and respond to human emotions.Humans, in turn, meet the dogs with the same hormone responsible for binding mothers to their babies. How has this amazing relationship between humans and dogs become? And how can the dogs, so closely related to wolves fearful, they behave differently?
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The tail broke the most flamboyant tiger cub Colin Stafford-Johnson had seen for many years he spent filming tigers in India.After leaving the sanctuary and go to the race, the broken tail survived for nearly a year in which many said was impossible, in the badlands unprotected rural Rajasthan.Tracking broken tail extraordinary journey, Colin and his sound engineer, Salim, to reconstruct the last days of the puppy and, through the broken back story, discovering harsh truths about last wild tigers in India.
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This documentary presents the ancient artifacts that contradict the official historical perspective that humanity has advanced scientifically since the beginning of human history.It is not necessarily a deliberate conspiracy in the sense that some people meet in a smoky room and saying “we’re going to fool people.” It happens automatically within the scientific community.So when a particular test, you do not agree with the prevailing theory, automatically people do not want to talk about it, do not report, which means that science can not progress in the way one would expect.Although much of the evidence in this presentation has been much debated and contested, there is some evidence that it is very difficult to refute. The main objective of this paper is that the official view of human history is very questionable, particularly the progression of knowledge in the sciences, mathematics, and spirituality
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Series combining stunning wildlife of high-octane adventure. A team of explorers search the depths of the last great virgin forest on the planet.Cameras follow the team every sweaty step of the way as they explore the beautiful nature of Guyana, rappelling by one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls to climb to the treetops of the jungle.Known as the land of giants, Guyana is home to the huge anaconda, the largest tarantula and giant otters in the world.Gordon Buchanan goes in search of the elusive jaguar, while Steve Backshall abseiling for one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world to see the creatures that live there.Meanwhile, Justine Evans climbs to the top of the trees of the forest in search of monkeys and parrots and George McGavin explores rotten logs for whip spiders.The team is further into the desert, the jungle animals in search of rare and endangered species that live there. The base camp is invaded by scorpions and poisonous centipedes, and Gordon Buchanan discovers an animal thief helping itself to the base camp supplies.Steve Backshall finds giant piranha and the long fangs Sabretooth fish in their study of the river, while George McGavin catches the world’s largest tarantula.The climbing team begins an attempt to climb a huge mountain without climbing on the edge of the forest.Steve Backshall and the climbing team struggle to reach the top of a mountain unclimbed big table on the edge of the forest. The team live rough on top, in search of new species and scientific discoveries.Justine Evans for giant anteater, while George Gordon and the struggle of a remote jungle river to find a jungle paradise where the animals appear to show no fear of man.