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Life in an ever-changing landscape

Earth is full of beautiful sights and each continent has its own impressive locations. Yet across the world, a handful of places are in a completely different league. Some are famous, some are not; many are remote. We call them natural wonders and they are the greatest landscapes on our planet. Everest, the Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, they seem to have little in common other than – literally – taking your breath away. But they share one other thing – these remarkable wonders were sculpted, etched or moulded by unimaginably powerful energies, unleashed by the earth.

This landmark series allows viewers to experience these landscapes and get caught up in the incredible stories of inhabitants who have adapted to – and evolved alongside – these mind-blowing environments. These include Sherpas risking their lives to craft a route through hazardous icefall on Everest, Indonesian fisherman working with whale sharks to net their catch in the Pacific’s Ring of Fire, and families in Borneo who climb 90 metres or more with no safety nets to reach the treasure of the world’s biggest cave.

As well as showcasing the latest and very best science and natural history filmmaking, Earth’s Natural Wonders uses groundbreaking graphics and super time-lapse filming to reveal the dynamic forces that formed our planet’s wonderful landscapes and continue to shape our world.

Facts

Mount Everest is Earth's highest mountain and its peak stands at 8,848 metres (29,029ft) above sea level, the cruising height of an airliner. Over 200 people have died climbing it.

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, is the tallest free-standing mountain on Earth. It is actually a dormant volcano, made up of three distinct volcanic cones – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira.

The Amazon rainforest covers one third of South America's land mass. It is made up of 400 billion trees and is home to a 10th of all known animal species. One of these is the giant tropical bullet ant, whose sting is the most painful on Earth, hurting as much as 50 bee stings.

On the Malaysian island of Borneo lies Deer Cave, a vast cave that stands at 168 metres (551ft) wide, 220 metres (722ft) high and over 2.5 miles (4km) long. It is big enough to fly a jumbo jet through.

The Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, is up to 17 miles (28km) wide and deep enough to stack the Empire State Building in three times over.

The mighty Zambezi river in southern Africa flows into Victoria Falls. Plunging 100 vertical metres (328ft), it is higher than Niagara Falls and twice as wide. It's the largest curtain of falling water on Earth.

The Ganges river delta is the largest in the world. It covers nearly a third of India and has the highest population of any river basin in the world, containing over 400 million people.

From Eastern Europe to Mongolia, the Eurasian Steppe straddles almost a quarter of the globe. It is the largest temperate grassland in the world.

The Sundarbans in Eastern India and Bangladesh is the largest single block of mangrove forest in the world. Its name can be literally translated as 'beautiful forest'. It may have derived from the Sundari mangrove trees that are found there in large numbers.

One fifth of all river water on the planet travels through the Amazon River in South America.

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Episode 1, Series 2

Saturday April 20 at 6:50am

Surviving the Extreme

Cameras follow yak herder Thokmay Lowa as he leads his herd through one of the most treacherous mountain passes in the Himalayas. Elsewhere, members of Inuit communities in the Canadian…

Episode 1, Series 2

Saturday April 20 at 10:30am

Surviving the Extreme

Cameras follow yak herder Thokmay Lowa as he leads his herd through one of the most treacherous mountain passes in the Himalayas. Elsewhere, members of Inuit communities in the Canadian…

Episode 1, Series 2

Saturday April 20 at 3:35pm

Surviving the Extreme

Cameras follow yak herder Thokmay Lowa as he leads his herd through one of the most treacherous mountain passes in the Himalayas. Elsewhere, members of Inuit communities in the Canadian…

Episode 1, Series 2

Sunday April 21 at 6:00am

Surviving the Extreme

Cameras follow yak herder Thokmay Lowa as he leads his herd through one of the most treacherous mountain passes in the Himalayas. Elsewhere, members of Inuit communities in the Canadian…

Episode 1, Series 2

Sunday April 21 at 9:35am

Surviving the Extreme

Cameras follow yak herder Thokmay Lowa as he leads his herd through one of the most treacherous mountain passes in the Himalayas. Elsewhere, members of Inuit communities in the Canadian…

Episode 2, Series 2

Monday April 22 at 8:05pm

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 2, Series 2

Tuesday April 23 at 12:35am

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 2, Series 2

Tuesday April 23 at 6:30am

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 2, Series 2

Tuesday April 23 at 9:20am

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 2, Series 2

Tuesday April 23 at 12:55pm

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 2, Series 2

Tuesday April 23 at 4:30pm

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 2, Series 2

Saturday April 27 at 6:50am

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 2, Series 2

Saturday April 27 at 10:30am

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 2, Series 2

Saturday April 27 at 3:35pm

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 2, Series 2

Sunday April 28 at 6:00am

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 2, Series 2

Sunday April 28 at 9:30am

Surviving with Animals

This episode follows nomadic people from the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia as they hunt reindeer. Elsewhere, cameras observe a local ranger in the coastal salt marshes of Northern…

Episode 3, Series 2

Monday April 29 at 8:05pm

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Tuesday April 30 at 12:30am

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Tuesday April 30 at 6:30am

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Tuesday April 30 at 9:20am

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Tuesday April 30 at 12:55pm

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Tuesday April 30 at 4:30pm

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Wednesday May 1 at 6:30am

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Saturday May 4 at 6:55am

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Saturday May 4 at 10:35am

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Saturday May 4 at 3:40pm

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Sunday May 5 at 6:00am

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

Episode 3, Series 2

Sunday May 5 at 9:35am

Surviving Against the Odds

A look at how incredible human beings have used bravery and ingenuity to survive in some of the most extreme places on Earth; from soaring and vast mountain ranges to impenetrable…

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