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Nature's Cleaners [electronic resource]: Balancing the Biosphere

Mico/NHK Enterprises
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Arguably the most basic law of the biosphere is this: waste matter must be recycled into fresh building blocks if life is to continually renew itself. To illustrate this principle, this program, divided into 10-minute segments for easy inclusion into lectures, features close-up photography of carrion beetles reducing a rat carcass, pill bugs and worms turning leaves into humus, dung beetles dealing with animal droppings, microorganisms decontaminating sewage at a wastewater treatment plant, and bacteria devouring industrial pollutants. Viewed together, these five very visual episodes underscore the interconnectedness of all living things.
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Run Time
51 min.
6 to 12
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Jan. 11, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Balancing the biosphere
  • Where Do Dead Things Go? (9:44)
  • Where Do Fallen Leaves Go? (9:47)
  • Cleaning Up Feces (9:41)
  • What Happens at Sewage Treatment Plants? (9:41)
  • Cleaning Up After Civilization (9:45)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c2003.
Publisher no.
33389 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (51 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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