Planet Earth: Season 1, Episode 2

Mountains (25 Mar. 2007)

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Mountains are the most prominent products of the immense forces which shape the living planet: tectonic drift, volcanic activity and erosion by wind, water, frost and precipitation. We see ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Narrator - US Version (voice)
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Doug Allen ...
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Jeff Wilson ...


Mountains are the most prominent products of the immense forces which shape the living planet: tectonic drift, volcanic activity and erosion by wind, water, frost and precipitation. We see how wildlife adapts to the harsh, often extreme conditions in various types of mountain ranges, such as Gelada baboons on a suddenly volcano-pushed Ethiopian peek, pumas in the Andes, grizzly bears in the Rockies, snow leopards in the Himalaya. Written by KGF Vissers

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To be allowed to film in the Himalaya near the Pakhistan/Afghan border, the crew was put through 2 days of safety training including such things as "land-mine clearing" and "hi-jack attempts". See more »


[first lines]
Himself - Narrator: Human beings venture into the highest parts of our planet at their peril. Some might think that by climbing a great mountain they have somehow conquered it. But we can only be visitors here. This is a frozen, alien world.
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"On the highest summits of our planet, nothing can live permanently."
21 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The second episode of this series offers an incredible look at mountains, their formation, and the relative abundance of life in remote areas that very few humans get a chance to witness. From the molten lava lake Erta-Ale in the Danakil Depression of Ethiopia to the peaks of the Himalayas, one is constantly fascinated by the ever shifting movements of giant land masses that only the patience of centuries can provide. As in the first entry of the series, one hooks up with the film crew that makes the journey possible, sacrificing themselves to loneliness, boredom and the bitter elements to chronicle the images that make us gasp in awe in the comfort of our living rooms. The highlight here is undoubtedly the elusive Himalayan snow leopard in a dramatic chase of a hairy mountain goat called a markhor. The race is waged up and down fierce mountain slopes and if one isn't impressed by the effort, than you've probably lived in a cave longer than the guy doing the filming. Additional images involve high plateau gelada baboons, Ethiopian wolves, elusive panda and migrating damoiselle cranes. But it's the snow leopard quest that earns the oohs and aahs here, so much so that you get to see it twice.

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