A quarter of the earth's land mass, from arctic to tropical, are open plains consisting of lowland as well as highland plateaus. Here grows virtually indestructible, fast-growing grasses of all sizes that feed the planet's largest herbivore populations, the preys to solitary and social carnivores. Spectacular elements of the seasonal cycle of life can include mass migrations, monsoons, drought and great fires. Written by
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Vast open plains. Immense spaces. Eerie silence. But any feeling of emptiness is an illusion.
The plains of our planet support the greatest gatherings of wildlife on Earth. At the heart of all that happens here is a single living thing. Grass. This miraculous plant covers a quarter of all the lands of the Earth. Grasslands exist wherever there is a little rain, but not enough to sustain a forest. Some are huge. The Central Asian Steppe alone extends one third of the way around our ...
Planet Earth Theme
Written by George Fenton
Performed by BBC Concert Orchestra See more