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Searing water

Duration: 04:00

Algae are one of the few things that can live in extremely caustic soda lakes, and the only animals able to stand in the burning water and strain the algae out are the flamingos. But they can't drink the water. For that - and to bathe - they go to the edge of the lake, where springs are fresher away from the caustic cauldron. Not only do the flamingos have to tolerate caustic water, but every year there is a dry season, when no rain refreshes the springs and the lake shrinks. Then the flamingos' world becomes more caustic and more crowded.

Available since: Mon 25 Jan 2010

Credits

Key talent
Keith SCHOLEY
Producer
Neil LUCAS
Narrator
Robert LINDSAY
Camera Operator
Geoff BELL
Camera Operator
David BREED
Camera Operator
Richard KIRBY
Camera Operator
David RASMUSSEN
Camera Operator
Warwick SLOSS

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SHADOWS OF THE SUN

Slow motion and time lapse photography follow the sun across the globe as it drives the seasons and dictates the rhythms of life.

First broadcast: 01 Jan 2000

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