volcanic

Sky Island

 

In Northern New Mexico, a range of mountains rises up from the high desert, a wild, rugged land of the Faraway Nearby. The volcanic Jemez Mountains are isolated from all other ranges — an island in the sky, surrounded by a desert sea. In SKY ISLAND, filmmaker John Grabowska profiles this enchanting landscape and our place within it, with climate change effects already dramatically altering the desert and alpine ecosystems. The film features narration by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday and actress Meryl Streep.

 

PBS HAWAII PRESENTS
The Quietest Place on Earth

 

On the island of Maui, Haleakala rises 10,000 feet – nearly two miles – into the sky. The massive crater located at its summit carries the unique distinction of being “the quietest place on Earth.” The exquisite stillness of its stark volcanic landscape inspires a variety of experiences ranging from spiritual to philosophical. Featured are musical artist Keola Beamer, poet W.S. Merwin, cultural specialist Clifford Nae’ole, paniolo Wilfred Souza and others.

 

EARTH’S NATURAL WONDERS
Extreme Wonders

EARTH’S NATURAL WONDERS: Extreme Wonders

 

Explore the most extraordinary places on the planet in this three-part series. Visit six continents to learn how these natural wonders evolved and hear rarely told stories about the challenges their inhabitants face.

 

Extreme Wonders
Visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants.

 

ISLANDS WITHOUT CARS
Italy’s Aeolian Islands

 

This unique new travel series takes a rare and whimsical look at life without cars, buses or trains. On small, remote and sparsely populated isles scattered throughout Europe, most of the inhabitants travel and transport goods by donkey, bicycle and other non-motorized vehicles. It may seem like a bygone era, but for some, it is a modern reality. Hosted by Kira Hesser, an independent traveler with a love of history, the series offers a fun and engaging look at these islands through the eyes of a youthful and vibrant host.

 

Italy’s Aeolian Islands
Just north of Sicily’s eastern coast lies a volcanic archipelago renowned for perfect weather, beautiful scenery, deep caverns, blue grottos, steep cliffs, ancient ruins, thermal healing resorts and volcanos ― including one of the most active on the planet, erupting almost continuously for the last 2,000 years! While we go looking for islands out of time, what we find is a series of unique experiences for all of the senses. From islands so isolated that there is no radio to the extremely upscale tourist destinations, we treat all of our senses to the wonders of these volcanic dots ― smelling citrus, jasmine and salt; listening to the call of fishmongers and then to the silence of the night; tasting incomparable Aeolian tomatoes and their beloved capers; feeling mineral baths and sunshine on our skin ― and meet people who welcomed us into their unique lives with generosity and care.