Uploaded on Jul 20, 2011
Series/Documentary 1 of 4
La Nina is a climate phenomenon, the sister of El Nino. Where El Nino left drought, La Nina causes floods, massive cyclones and endless rain. This is the story of Australia's unique creatures and how they cope with this catastrophe.
Australia has the most extreme climate variations of any continent on earth.
Storms from Antarctica and the Southern Ocean batter the southern shorelines; monsoons from Asia roll in across the north west, and from the Pacific come both the tropical cyclones of La Niña and the severe El Niños which bring extreme drought and fire to otherwise temperate zones.
This four-part series shows that, for all its famed isolation, Australia is in fact intimately connected with the continents around it by the climate phenomena they share.
Using powerful never-before-seen cinematography, satellite images and state-of-the-art computer graphics, each programme traces the development of one extreme climatic force and explains how Australia's extraordinary animals and plants have adapted to survive the eye of the storm.
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