Thursday, January 24, 2013

Two BBC videos

@The Life Series
Two resources to use in 11th form classes when lecturing the topic 'Our World'. The first is THIS amazing video by David Attenborough. Sir David Attenborough is Britain's best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading natural history programme maker with several landmark BBC series, including: Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet(1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants(1995), The Life of Birds (1998), The Life of Mammals (2002) and Life in the Undergrowth (2005). 'The final chapter in the Life series, Life in Cold Blood is surely a grand finale to David’s survey of life on Earth.' 
Source: The Life Series (abridged)
The second video is about the Himalayas and it is also an interesting resource for the topic 'The Multicultural World'. The Himalayas are the greatest mountain range on Earth. The vast sweep of peaks runs for 2,400 km (1,500 miles) crossing or abutting five countries, and separating the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. The chain is also home to the planet’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest. Their name translates from Sanskrit as “abode of the snow”, a name that seems appropriate for the largest body of snow and the highest concentration of glaciers outside of the polar regions. But these peaks are not just a magnificent spectacle. They have profoundly shaped the cultures of South Asia and hold the gift of life for billions of people. Their giant size influences weather patterns throughout the region, whilst melt water from the peaks feed the great rivers of Asia, including the Indus, the Ganges, and the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra. This water – and the sediments they hold – form the backbone of agriculture of the whole region. In this film environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev, veteran wildlife cameraman Doug Allan and ecological economist Dr Trista Pattersonreveal the natural beauty and diversity of the Himalayas, as well as the hidden contribution they make to life on the Planet. Source: BBC Future - The Himalayas, Water Towers of Asia

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