Planet Earth: Season 1, Episode 4

Caves (22 Apr. 2007)

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The Earth's large, deep calcareous caves are virtually inaccessible and therefore barely explored - requiring expert diving where flooded. Some of its wildlife is as strange and specific as... See full summary »


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The Earth's large, deep calcareous caves are virtually inaccessible and therefore barely explored - requiring expert diving where flooded. Some of its wildlife is as strange and specific as in the deep, darkest part of the ocean, whether physically adapted -notably to the dark. Nevertheless, some caves(did) play an important part in native cultures, even as sources of fresh water for some Mayan cities. Written by KGF Vissers

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An outstanding illustration of caves and cave environments.
1 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having been a caver and member of the caving community for over 20 years, I've had the pleasure (and disgust) of seeing caves used and abused in film.

This documentary however, is simply dazzling. While other outstanding films about caves and caving exist, they simply do not compare to this one. I've personally had the privilege of visiting some of the places featured in the film, and I've always wondered how it would be possible to do proper justice, photographically. Here is the answer!With dazzling cinematography and yet another wonderful narrative performance by David Attenborough, the BBC sets a standard so high, it will be hard to beat.

Probably a bit too long for the average school class session. However, it should be considered a must-see for anyone with an interest in caves.

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