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Expedition Above the Clouds [electronic resource]

German United Distributors
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
From the tangled jungle of river basins, Humboldt and Bonpland journeyed into the thin air of Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico, reaching a literal height with their ascent of Mt. Chimborazo. This program weaves location footage, reenactments, rare manuscripts, and readings from Humboldt's letters and journals to present the second half of a scientific odyssey. Humboldt's paradigm of "botanical geography" is clearly seen as the precursor to today's concept of ecological systems.
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53 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 30, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
The American Travels of Alexander von Humboldt
American travels of Alexander von Humboldt
  • Into Ecuador's Highlands (2:12)
  • South American Native Peoples (3:31)
  • The Condor (2:59)
  • Botanical Geography (1:13)
  • Humboldt Encourages Revolution (1:16)
  • The Ascent of Mt. Chimborazo (3:24)
  • Adventure and Scientific Achievement (2:48)
  • Into Ecuador's Rain Forest (3:36)
  • Protecting Ecuador's Threatened Rain Forest (5:32)
  • The Magnetic Equator, Inca Gold, and Spanish Atrocities (2:58)
  • Mining Inca Gold Today (3:15)
  • Pre-Columbian Civilization (1:34)
  • Climatology and Fish (2:02)
  • Humboldt Travels to Mexico (2:35)
  • Silver Mine Injustices (3:18)
  • Humboldt Describes Volcanic Activity (3:05)
  • Humboldt's Journey Ends (2:19)
  • Humboldt's Legacy (2:31)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c1999.
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  • 33195s Films Media Group
  • 33197 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (53 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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