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Great Natural Wonders

Throughout the ages, the earth has been shaped by the elements, producing spectacular and diverse environments. For travellers, these awesome and ancient wonders present some of the Megan McCormick in Hawaiimost engaging and exciting places to visit and yet they are some of the most endangered due to global warming, population increase and commercial activity.

From the deepest oceans to the highest mountains, from lush rainforests to arid deserts, in extremes of heat and cold – join Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Neil Gibson, Eils Nevitt, Bradley Cooper, Holly Morris and Megan McCormick in this eco trekker special as they explore the world’s great natural wonders.

Erupting volcanoes are some of the most dramatic sights of the natural world, Alluring yet potentially lethal, they shape the lives of those who live in their shadows, as Ian Wright and Megan McCormick discover when they come face to face with a couple of fiery eruptions in FijiJava and Hawaii.

Ian goes on to learn about the impact of climate change in the frozen Arctic whose ice Perito Moreno, Patagonia Argentinafields present some of the most inhospitable places on earth and yet also some of the most fragile.Global warming, the increase in earth’s temperature – largely caused by man’s burning of fossil fuels and devastation of forests – is threatening to bring about a huge melt.

Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the planet, Justine Shapiro treks across one of the world’s most spectacular glaciers, the majestic Perito Moreno in Patagonia, Argentina. Here, at the tip of the southern hemisphere, global warming is eroding glaciers, huge rivers of ice, at a dramatic pace.

Plants are essential for life, and the Amazon rainforest is often referred to as the lungs of the Earth, absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. But nature’s balance is in peril, asThe Amazon River more than a million hectares of the rainforest are slashed and burned each year, to create new pastures and cropland, releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Eils heads up the Amazon River to the Anavilhanas Islands in northern Brazil to experience threatened rainforest first hand.

There are few remaining caravans that traverse the Sahara Desert, less pasture for the nomad’s animals has led to a food crisis, meaning their way of life is being destroyed. We join Holly Morris as she catches up with the remarkable nomadic Tuareg tribe in Niger.

Water covers an incredible 70% of the earth’s surface. Not only do the world’s seas, oceans and rivers provide water for life, they still hold many mysteries for those who explore them. Anamazing variety of marine life is found in the coral reefs of tropical waters and yet climate change is wreaking havoc. Our travellersdiscover aquatic life at stunning locations around the globe: Australia’s Great Tuareg tribesman, NigerBarrier ReefVictoria and Iguazú Falls, and the surreal jellyfish lake on Palau in Micronesia.

Unsurprisingly, the earth’s natural wonders are a draw for many tourists. In order to promote responsible tourism, and protect these sites for future generations to enjoy, governments, organisations and individuals have established national parks as means of safeguarding their heritage. Join our team as they visit Uluru and Kings Canyon in AustraliaNew Zealand’s Milford TrackBotswana’s Chobe National ParkKenya’s Rhino Sanctuary at Lewa Downs and Ecuador’s unique Galapagos Islands.

Places Mentioned - Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Ecuador, Fiji, Indonesia, Kenya, New Zealand, Niger, The Galapagos Islands, USA

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