Season 18, Episode 1 Antarctica: The End of the Earth: Katabatic

First Aired: October 24, 1999

A two-part visit to “Antarctica: The End of the Earth.” Part 1 examines how the continent has been shaped by its prevailing wind, “The Katabatic.” Narrator Joseph Campanella describes it as “the Antarctic's overlord---a ruler so merciless that nothing escapes its reach.” Animals that must cope with the 200-mph winds include seals (Antarctica's only full-time residents, one of which is seen giving birth) and snow petrels, sea birds that “commute” 500 miles to inland nests. Also: scientists find disturbing evidence of global warming.

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  • Premiered: October 10, 1982
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: PBS's signature (and multi-award-winning) natural-history series uses gifted wildlife documentarians and stunning photography to reveal what its first host, Donald Johanson, called `the magic and mystery of the fascinating natural world.' The series has ga… (more)

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