Wild Chronicles

What's The Impact?

Season 4, Episode 5 of 12

News from Nature - Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the perfect laboratory for researchers conducting the Census of Marine Life, an ambitious decade-long project to survey everything that lives in the oceans. Research reveals that climate change is threatening the biodiversity that resides in reefs around the world. Hoping to discover a few dozen new species as they check on the health of the coral of the world's largest reef, scientists shockingly discover hundreds of never before seen organisms. Stories from the Wild - Wild Chronicles travels to Florida where National Geographic researcher Edmund Gerstein unravels the mystery of why manatees are all too frequently struck by boats. Gerstein's ground breaking discovery reveals that manatees constantly sustain injuries from boat propellers because they can not hear the low frequency sounds the motors emit. Now, after nearly 20 years of research, Gerstein and his wife develop an underwater high frequency alarm that may protect the manatees from future collisions. Field Reports - National Geographic photographer Mattias Klum journeys to an endangered habitat close to his heart: Borneo's tropical rain forest. Over the past 20 years, Klum has witnessed the devastating impact of deforestation and logging by palm oil companies as they clear land for new plantations. What used to be a diverse tropical rainforest with a rich eco-system is disappearing at an alarming rate, and time may be running out. Adventure and Exploration - Atop the frigid mountaintops of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, the pika makes its home as one of the world's highest dwelling animals. Now, scientists are discovering that local populations are vanishing from the peaks. To help shed light on this natural mystery National Geographic grantee Rob Guralnick treks to the tundra to investigate whether climate change is the culprit. Animal Encounters - Revered and reviled, snakes are the subject of legend. Wild Chronicles host Boyd Matson remembers some of his many harrowing encounters with giant pythons and constrictors, and explores the world of exotic pet snakes, where beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Previously Aired

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3/26/2009
8:30 p.m.
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