Polar Extremes

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  • Hippo-like mammals in the Arctic? Beech trees in Antarctica? Follow a trail of strange fossils discovered in all the wrong places, and uncover bizarre histories and potential futures of our north and south poles. Renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson guides you through warm polar forests teeming with life, and over miles-high ice sheets. You’ll understand how today’s changing climate affects the Artic—warming faster than any other place on earth—and Antarctica, home to enough frozen water to raise sea level by 200 feet, if all the ice melts. An eye-dazzling, epic adventure through time, at the polar extremes of our planet.


    • Brand: Natural History
    • Cast :
      Director: Lucy Haken
      Host: Kirk Johnson
      Producer: Laurie Cahalane, Melanie Wallace, David Dugan
      Writer: Kirk Johnson, Lucy Haken, David Dugan
    • Format: DVD
    • Number of Discs: 1
    • Region : 1
    • Run Time: 2 Hours
    • SKU: 22598
    • Subtitles: SDH
  • Join renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet. Following a trail of strange fossils found in all the wrong places - beech trees in Antarctica, hippo-like mammals in the Arctic - Johnson uncovers the bizarre history of the poles, from miles-high ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life. What caused such dramatic changes at the ends of the Earth? And what controls the dial on Earth's thermostat? Today, the Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else in the world, and Antarctica has locked in its ice enough water to raise sea level by a terrifying 200 feet. The way that the poles respond to a warming climate is one of the greatest wildcards in predicting our climate future. Johnson uses Earth's history, written in stone, as a cipher to decode what is going on at our polar extremes today, and what the future may hold.

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    • Brand: Natural History
    • Cast :
      Director: Lucy Haken
      Host: Kirk Johnson
      Producer: Laurie Cahalane, Melanie Wallace, David Dugan
      Writer: Kirk Johnson, Lucy Haken, David Dugan
    • Format: DVD
    • Number of Discs: 1
    • Region : 1
    • Run Time: 2 Hours
    • SKU: 22598
    • Subtitles: SDH
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    Join renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet. Following a trail of strange fossils found in all the wrong places - beech trees in Antarctica, hippo-like mammals in the Arctic - Johnson uncovers the bizarre history of the poles, from miles-high ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life. What caused such dramatic changes at the ends of the Earth? And what controls the dial on Earth's thermostat? Today, the Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else in the world, and Antarctica has locked in its ice enough water to raise sea level by a terrifying 200 feet. The way that the poles respond to a warming climate is one of the greatest wildcards in predicting our climate future. Johnson uses Earth's history, written in stone, as a cipher to decode what is going on at our polar extremes today, and what the future may hold.