The Bonneville Salt Flats are perfect for speed. Every year, cars and motorcycles break land speed records on the flat expanse of the Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s been a tradition for more than a century, and racers have built a thriving community around the salt races. But how did these salt flats form, and why are they disappearing now?
The seagrass meadows around the Maldives are under threat. But the government now plans to place this valuable ecosystem under protection. As well as serving as nurseries for sea life, they act as carbon sinks and protect the atolls from erosion.
Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an archipelagic state in the Indian subcontinent of Asia, situated in the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 750 kilometres from the Asian continent’s mainland.
Madagascar conservationists • RFI English.
The radiated tortoise is a tortoise species in the family Testudinidae. Although this species is native to and most abundant in southern Madagascar, it can also be found in the rest of this island, and has been introduced to the islands of Réunion and Mauritius.
Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of East Africa across the Mozambique Channel.
The Andean condor is a South American bird in the New World vulture family Cathartidae and is the only member of the genus Vultur. Found in the Andes mountains and adjacent Pacific coasts of western South America, the Andean condor is the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan. Two Andean condors were released back to the wild in the mountains of Bolivia after they were nursed back to health.
Getty Images photojournalist Justin Sullivan has been following California’s second-largest reservoir’s declining water levels since 2014. Seeing first-hand the climate’s impact through his lens, he’s shocked at how fast the water is gone in one of California’s most important water sources.
Oceanic Islands make up a sixth of all land on Earth. In the Pacific alone, more than 25,000 islands are scattered amidst the endless blue. From Hawaii’s rocky mountains, to coral atolls of the Maldives, each hosting unique communities of life and species found nowhere else on Earth. Ecosystems that would not exist if not for the powerful forces that pulled these mighty rocks from the abyss. Volcanism, and tectonics.
00:00 – An Introduction to Oceanic Islands 01:39 – Chapter 1: Life and Death of an Island – The Abundance of Islands 02:34 – Chapter 1: Life and Death of an Island – How Islands Form 03:26 – Chapter 1: Life and Death of an Island – How Coral Atolls Form 05:04 – Chapter 2: A Land of Opportunity – The Arrival of Life at Islands 07:48 – Chapter 2: A Land of Opportunity – Adaptive Radiation 08:52 – Chapter 2: A Land of Opportunity – The Story of Darwin’s Finches 09:33 – Chapter 2: A Land of Opportunity – A Scale Model of Evolution 11:37 – Chapter 2: A Land of Opportunity – The Lemurs of Madagascar 12:57 – Chapter 3: Life Beneath the Waves – The Island Mass Effect 14:02 – Chapter 3: Life Beneath the Waves – The Galapagos Humboldt Current 15:02 – Chapter 3: Life Beneath the Waves – The Importance of Mangroves 16:14 – Conclusion: The Importance of Islands 17:19 – Message from our Sponsor
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“Sunday Morning” takes us to California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, where a Redwood forest scarred by fire shows signs of rebirth. Videographer: Derek Reich.