“The Dragons of Galapagos” observes marine and terrestrial iguanas that inhabit the islands, and the animals that coexist with and sometimes prey on them. Included: giant tortoises, hawks and snakes. Narrated by Richard Kiley.
“Storm of the Century” charts the “superstorm” that hit the eastern third of the U.S. in March 1993, dumping snow from Alabama to Maine, and causing deadly winds in Florida. It affected 100 million people all told. The hour tracks the storm from its birth in the Gulf of Mexico (where two jet streams collided), and also profiles people caught in it in Florida and in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Peter Coyote narrates.
“Sea Monsters: Search for the Giant Squid” follows two divers as they look for these gigantic (up to 60 feet long) creatures in waters off the Azores. Greg Marshall and Dr. Clyde Roper are armed with a camera called a “crittercam,” which they attach to a sperm whale. Sperm whales are the squids' predators. A bonus: Marshall and Roper also hope to learn more about those giant creatures (up to 30 tons). Stacy Keach narrates.
Eyewitness testimony and footage highlight this chronicle of volcanic activity around the planet, including Hawaii, Japan and South America. Included: the effects of a volcanic explosion. Narrated by Stacy Keach.
Exploring rituals of mummification and findings unearthed over the world, including Austria, where an “Iceman” from the Copper Age was found, and England, where a 9000-year-old cave man was discovered. Also: a scientist's re-creation of a mummification.
Cinematographer Hugh Miles lived in the wilderness of southern Chile for two years to track the “Puma: Lion of the Andes” for this documentary portrait of the elusive mountain lion. Filmed in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia.
A river in South Africa's drought-stricken Kruger National Park is the setting for “The Last Feast of the Crocodiles,” where the menu includes baboons, impalas and fish. Also: the relationship between crocs and hippos, who seem to have mutual respect for each other. Narrated by Richard Kiley.
“Asteroids: Deadly Impact” examines the likelihood of Earth being struck and the possible impact of a strike. Interviewed: geologist Eugene Shoemaker, who specializes in asteroids (and after whom the Shoemaker-Levy comet, which crashed into Jupiter in 1994, is named).
A rare look at the biggest cat on Earth---the Siberian tiger---in its vast and untamed habitat, as American and Russian scientists try to save the species from extinction. Included: a daring venture into a den of cubs; a Russian biologist's study of orphaned tigers in captivity.
“Arctic Kingdom: Life on the Edge” focuses on the brief arctic summer of Canada's Lancaster Sound, when the sun shines nonstop for four months. Included: polar bears; ringed seals; arctic foxes; bowhead and beluga whales; and narwhals. Narrated by James Coburn.
Life-and-death struggles in a southwest African game preserve in “Etosha: Place of Dry Water.” Footage depicts cheetahs chasing a zebra herd, a lioness felling a wart hog, jackals and hyenas dining on pelicans, a bush snake swallowing a whole bullfrog and courtship rituals of springbok. Filmed by David and Carol Hughes.
“The New Chimpanzees” follows the human species' closest relatives as they make love and war (not to mention tools) in the rain forests of Central Africa. Linda Hunt narrates the report, in which chimps are also seen standing upright, kissing and grooming.
“The Power of Water” considers the state of America's freshwater supplies. Included: the Columbia and Niagara Rivers, and South Florida's Everglades. Also: comments from a Kansas farmer and a New York activist. Marsha Mason narrates.
“Jewels of the Caribbean Sea” examines aquatic life, from the spawning process to survival. Among the diverse creatures: groupers, manta rays, turtles, dolphins, jellyfish, squids and humpback whales. Also: activities around coral reefs. Keith David narrates.
Des and Jen Bartlett document “Survivors of the Skeleton Coast,” African desert animals that have adapted to Namibia's “ocean of sand.” Observed: elephants on a dune; and a beetle collecting moisture from the air. Peter Coyote narrates.
Cities that lie “In the Shadow of Vesuvius,” the volcano in Italy that has erupted 50 times since the days of ancient Rome. Its most famous eruption, in A.D. 79, obliterated Pompeii and Herculaneum, causing instantaneous death. Also visited: the fishing town of Pozzuoli; and San Sebastian.
This survey of the railroad industry explores the uses of trains, from transporting troops during WWII to delivering lettuce from California to New York. Also: scenes of the Orient Express and a railway in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador.
A study of four families that are “Braving Alaska,” according to narrator Martin Sheen, in regions “unscathed by the claw and crush of civilization.” Among the inhabitants are the Korts, who have never owned a lightbulb or had a water bill; the Wilsons, who have “gone mechanical” with a TV-VCR and a sewing machine.
The origins and evolution of humans are examined through archival and contemporary footage. Included: Richard Leakey's 1984 unearthing of a 1.5 million-year-old homo erectus skeleton; and Ofar Bar Yosef's research in Israel of a cave once inhabited by Neanderthals.