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Let's Talk Geography : 55 Geographical Terms

Using high definition video footage, animated maps and graphics, "Let's Talk Geography: 55 Geographical Terms (Every Kid Should Know)" provides students with a fun and visual way to learn about landforms, bodies of water and places all over the world. This program takes viewers around the world t...

Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice

In this program, David Attenborough journeys to both polar regions to investigate what rising temperatures will mean for the people and wildlife that live there and for the rest of the planet. Sir David starts out at the North Pole, standing on sea ice several meters thick, but which scientists p...

After Life: The Strange Cycle of Decay

This video explains decomposition, one of nature's most important processes. For two months in the summer of 2011, a glass box containing food laid out from a typical kitchen and garden for a family of four was left to rot in full public view within Edinburgh Zoo. In this resulting documentary, p...

Addicted to Plastic

This feature-length documentary is an investigation to find out what we really know about plastics and why there is so much plastic in our world. The video illustrates their toxic legacy and showcases the men and women dedicated to developing solutions to plastic pollution.

Gulf Stream and the Next Ice Age

Could Dublin's climate ever resemble that of Spitzberg in the Arctic Ocean or could London one day be as cold as Siberia? Is there an "Achilles' Heel" in Europe's climate? Would we face a catastrophe if the warm, strong currents of the Gulf Stream stopped flowing? Gulf Stream and the Next Ice Age...

Five Disasters Waiting to Happen

After the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, scientists are beginning to look seriously at those areas of the planet most under threat from climate change catastrophe. This BBC production deals with weather/climate-related disasters in Europe and Asia and contains well-documented arguments. Fro...

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HMCS Regina. Episode 3

In the video, Donald MacIntosh, veteran and survivor of the HMCS Regina sinking, explores the role the Canadian Navy played in the Second World War and that of the corvettes in protecting convoys while experiencing great personal risks.

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Saskatchewan River Delta

This video program examines the Saskatchewan River Delta. Plants, animals, birds and insects call this ecosystem home. First Nations and Métis people use the delta for their livelihood. Scientists from around the world study the delta as it is the world's largest inland freshwater delta. The buil...

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Fresh Water

Series: Planet Earth
Part of the Planet Earth Series, this program examines fresh water. Three percent of water on Earth is fresh water. Fresh water controls the distribution of all life. This episode examines water systems around the world from the descent of rivers from the mountain sources to the sea. Wildlife tha...

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Understanding Adaptation to Specific Habitats

During a dream, Jesse adapts to his environment by growing an extra pair of arms. Jesse and Seka pay one more visit to their wetland where Tabby helps them figure out how species have adapted to living there, how they interrelate and how they depend on this environment for survival.

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Sampling the Life Forms in an Urban Wetland

Jesse and Seka learn how to use their senses to help them discover the biodiversity in their wetland. They learn about plot samples, data sheets and start to document everything they see.

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Presentation of Findings: Understanding Human Impact

Jesse and Seka prepare and present their findings to members of city council, their teacher and fellow students. They speak about the importance of maintaining wetlands for the many creatures, plants and people that depend on the wetlands.

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Identification Practice and Understanding Classification Systems

Jesse dreams of being lost in the woods and starving. When he reaches for some red berries Seka reminds him that they could be poisonous. Jesse and Seka learn about different ways of classifying life forms and discover that classification is something that we do all the time.

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Discovering the World of Biodiversity

Jesse and Seka must come up with a science project on biodiversity. They ask for help from Seka's sister, Tabby, a biologist, is surveying the life of a cattail marsh in order to build a case for its preservation.

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Classification Practice and Learning About Microorganisms

Jesse wakes up from a nightmare and freaks out when he realizes that his body is host to millions of microorganisms. Jesse and Seka meet a scientist at the wetland who introduces them to the world of slimy algae, useful bacteria and millions of other microorganisms.