Item Details

Deserts [electronic resource]: Global Environments

Video Education Australasia
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Global warming is bad news - unless, of course, you're accustomed to life in the desert. Arid environments, which already cover one third of the Earth's land mass, are growing at an alarming rate, which means that they could conceivably become the new normal. In the next few decades, up to 35 percent of the world's terrain faces desertification with the lives and livelihoods of millions, if not billions, in jeopardy. Examining the dramatic changes in store for our planet, this program looks at what the global community should be doing to prepare, what actions are currently being taken, and how cultures which have thrived for centuries in extremely dry locations are passing on a range of skills and traditions designed to help cope with the "arid" life. Can this undervalued knowledge enable the rest of us to survive?
Release Date
2007
Run Time
24 min.
Language
English
Rating
6 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on April 21, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Contents
  • Arid Climates (1:08)
  • Hot and Cold Arid Regions (1:13)
  • Polar Highs (1:17)
  • Rain Shadow Effect (1:09)
  • High Pressure Areas (0:57)
  • Desert Landscapes (1:12)
  • Maintaining Desert Conditions (2:03)
  • Desert Lifestyles (2:19)
  • Low Arid Population Density (1:32)
  • Desertification (1:22)
  • Fragile Desert Ecosystems (1:40)
  • Human Impact in Desert Regions (1:12)
  • Credits: Deserts: Global Environments (0:57)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2007.
Publisher no.
52382 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
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Description
1 streaming video file (24 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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