namib desert

namib desert

Life Force 2: The Arid Namib

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Life Force is a breath-taking, blue-chip documentary series that celebrates and explores the unusual, the unexpected ... and the downright bizarre. This series reveals incredible habitats where nature has allowed eccentric animals, eclectic lifestyles and unorthodox patterns of behaviour to flourish through the miracle of natural selection and the magic of evolution. The Namib Desert of southwestern Africa is one of the harshest and driest places on Earth. Despite this, it is home to numerous creatures large and small and over a thousand different plant species. This unique coastal desert was formed by a cold ocean current that prevent rainfall. But the same ocean current also created fog banks that many desert creatures have evolved to exploit over the fifty million years of its existence. The current is also rich in marine life, which brings millions of seals to the Namib’s shores to breed. They in turn are food for desert predators like packs of marauding jackals. But most of the Namib’s mutant carnivores have evolved to depend almost exclusively on much smaller prey. Aardvarks, foxes, and even a mutant hyena all feed almost exclusively on termites – the true foundation of the desert ecosystem. Life Force 2 is a global production, partnering NHK and NHNZ with CCTV9, Science Channel, Discovery Networks International, Arte and SVT. Discovery Science & Animal Planet title: Mutant Planet Stock footage from this show is available from Moving Images -- NHNZ's stock footage archive. http://nhnzmovingimages.com