An elephant herd in Namibia is observed, as the matriarch, called Knob Nose, leads eighteen other elephants through the unforgiving terrain. Also: Ginger Mauney and her veterinarian husband present their findings on the animals.
A look at Holland's struggles against the sea includes the evolution of dikes; Holland's seafaring activities; the flood of 1953 that destroyed the city of Veere; and such sports as ice yachting and canal vaulting.
Whale species in captivity, free in the Pacific and being hunted by man are examined. Included: the birth of a killer whale at California's Marineland; the commercial slaughter of whales in the 19th and 20th centuries; and footage of “singing” humpbacks off Maui.
The little-seen world of insects. On camera: a butterfly's metamorphosis; the bee's pollination contribution; crop-destroying locusts; South America's voracious army ants; and African termites whose colonies have a caste system.
Views of active volcanos highlight this expedition with Dr. Haroum Tazieff, a leading authority on volcanology. Included: 1971 footage of Italy's erupting Mount Etna, where Tazieff is seen collecting gas samples; and a fiery pit in Africa, Mount Nyirangongo.
A cross-section of Russian life is seen during a journey down the Volga. Locales visited include Volgograd, where a World War II memorial service is held; Togliatti, an industrial center; tsarist palaces; and Lenin's birthplace and tomb.
In this look at life on the sea, cameras follow a Portuguese schooner on a six-month voyage, where the crew fish 12 hours a day and clean the catch for another six. Also observed: a storm at sea; the captain in yarning; and shore leave in Canada.
A portrait of Australia, focusing on sports and life in the bleak outback, where ranchers battle drought, floods and a prevailing loneliness. On film: Australians in the disastrous WWI Gallipoli campaign.
The charitable works of Edmund Hillary, the first to climb Mount Everest (May 1953), in Nepal's Khumbu region. Hillary is instrumental in building schools and health-care facilities. Also: Hillary is seen celebrating the 30th anniversary of the climb with his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay.
A transatlantic voyage aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 launches this homage to the great passenger ships of this century. Also: newsreel clips of luxurious liners from the past, including France's Normandie; and Great Britain's majestic sister liners, the Queens Mary and Elizabeth.
A study of earthquakes and volcanoes includes disasters in Japan and Iceland, and interviews with geologists. Also: California's San Andreas fault, which is expected to trigger "a major quake within the next 30 years."
Examining the work of Frank and John Craighead, pioneers in grizzly bear research. On film: bears being fitted with tracking transmitters; the rigorous life of wildlife biologists. Filmed in Yellowstone National Park.
The chronicle of a 1976 expedition on a 3000-mile journey from Hawaii to Tahiti in a canoe. The aim of the 17-man crew is to retrace the route of Polynesian mariners in similar vessels centuries ago, navigating as they did without instruments.
A portrait of L.S.B. Leakey includes a review of the anthropologist's work, and reminiscences by his wife, son and colleagues. Clips show Leakey at a site in Africa, and on a speaking tour shortly before his death in 1972.
A look at the Great Mojave Desert surveys human presence in that part of Southern California. Segments focus on mining and sheepherding activities; naturalist Colin Fletcher exploring Death Valley on foot; a one-woman ballet in a town of 32 persons.
A tour of Jerusalem includes the Wailing Wall, where Jews have prayed for some 2000 years; and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built on what is said to be the site of Jesus's tomb. Also: comments by Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek.
Microscope photography and cameras that create images from sounds explore "The Invisible World." Phenomena studied include microorganisms; a bullet frozen as it rips through a playing card; a human fetus in a mother's womb; and a star from a galaxy 600 light years away. Also: a look at how time-lapse, slow-motion and Kerlian photography work.