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Life on Fire

Phoenix Temple (#104)

In the harsh environment around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts. [56 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Volcanoes are among the most spectacular and powerful forces on our planet. They create new land, change landscapes and destroy civilizations, but more than two billion years ago, they also breathed life into our world. From the ocean abyss to snow-covered summits, this ambitious series paints a detailed picture of the struggles and amazing intimacy required to survive around volcanoes. Spectacular scenery provides the backdrop for the extraordinary animals and plants that have learned to juggle with fire. Fragile and engaging, these creatures teach us lessons in survival in a world as fascinating as it is dangerous.

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  • Icelandic Volcanoes (#101)

    Aerial footage of Iceland sheds light on the possible consequences of a major volcanic eruption. [56 minutes]

  • Volcano Doctors (#102)

    Volcanologists use knowledge and tools to try to protect those who live beneath the Earth's fire. [56 minutes]

  • The Surprise Salmon (#103)

    Scientists investigate a race of salmon that faced the death of their natal river 2,000 years ago. [56 minutes]

  • Ash Runners (#105)

    Birds, foxes and other animals react to ash from a volcanic eruption on the island of New-Britain. [56 minutes]

  • Pioneers of the Deep (#106)

    In the Tongan archipelago the sooty tern and the Alvin shrimp cope with land risen from the ocean. [56 minutes]

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