Earth: View from the top

By Dayna Harpster -

Life From Above is an ambitious new four-part documentary series that begins Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. on WGCU, Southwest Florida’s source for PBS and NPR.
It provides fascinating and fresh insights into our planet by expanding the range of perspectives from which to look at it. Images from different sources, including satellite photography from space. Drones were also used to capture footage, and helicopters and cameras on the ground provide more conventional vantage points. Using innovative techniques to illustrate the complex interconnectivity of our planet, “Life From Above” is going for the big picture.
What is revealed from above is a cadence – the rhythm by which the earth moves, colors and visual patterns – and the planet’s constant evolution.
It’s safe to say that the series contains new footage of the greatest, most beautiful and powerful movements on our planet.
Episodes air on four consecutive Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
Oct. 23, Moving Planet: Cameras in space capture events like an elephant family’s struggle through drought, and thousands of Shaolin Kung-Fu students performing in perfect synchronicity.
Oct. 30, Colorful Planet: View Earth’s kaleidoscope of colors as seen from space. Swirls of turquoise phytoplankton trigger an oceanic feeding frenzy, China turns yellow as millions of flowers bloom, and at night the waters near Argentina are spotted with green lights.
Nov. 6: Patterned Planet: Discover the weird and wonderful shapes that cover Earth’s surface as seen from space. The Australian outback is covered in pale spots thanks to digging wombats, and hundreds of elephants tear into the endless green of the Congo forest canopy.
Nov. 13, Changing Planet: Take a fresh look at our fragile planet and see just how much it’s changing. Cameras in space show growing cities, disappearing forests and melting glaciers, but one country regenerated a landscape and helped save a chimpanzee family.

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