The Poles Revealed

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The Poles Revealed

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A BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY TO THE EXTREME ENDS OF THE EARTH

A breathtakingly beautiful 3-part science documentary series about the two extreme ends of the Earth, The Poles Revealed takes audiences on a journey of discovery both above and below the ice. As entertaining as it is informative, this series is bound to make us fall in love with the Earth’s spectacular polar regions.

Many people imagine the Arctic and Antarctic to be much the same – white, barren icescapes of extreme cold. In fact, they are profoundly different landscapes. Most fundamental is their geography. The Arctic is an ocean, surrounded by continents, while the Antarctic is a continent surrounded by ocean. This major difference influences almost every aspect of their climate, biology and human history. We see the Arctic burst into life, as summer hits the northern hemisphere and are plunged into the depths of a blizzard in the coldest of Antarctic winters. As auroras light up the sky, a mystery that has puzzled humankind for years is finally solved.

The series also explores how the Earth’s warming climate is affecting the polar regions’ ice bound landscapes and the wildlife that inhabits them. Records deep inside glaciers that stretch back hundreds of thousands of years, reveal that change can happen remarkably fast, indicating that we could be on the edge of abrupt tipping points.

In the Arctic, the sea ice is known as the world’s air conditioner – a cooling white cap that is disappearing fast. The consequence for neighbouring countries is already becoming apparent. Down in the Antarctic, warming seas are eating away at the ice sheet from below, threatening the existence of major glaciers. It’s a change that’s happening much more rapidly than expected. What impact will this have for rising sea levels?

In the north, the permafrost is also rapidly thawing – we see the evidence as scientists put a torch to giant bubbles of methane, rising to the surface through frozen Arctic lakes.

The Poles Revealed also shines a light on the human perspective. While Antarctica is the only continent without an indigenous or permanent population, the Arctic has a rich and diverse human history that stretches back thousands of years. How will life continue to change for the people who call these places home?

Presenterless version available.

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WILDBEAR ENTERTAINMENT