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Night Creatures of the Kalahari

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One of southern Africa's most evocative names—the Kalahari—conjures up images of endless desert, scorching heat, thorn scrub, and choking dust. Surprisingly, for a myth so long perpetuated, the Kalahari is not a desert. Rather, it is a semi-arid zone with the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world. Water, the single most necessary element for life, is rare in the Kalahari. NOVA examines how life has adapted to live in a sparse-water environment and explores the complex interdependencies that help animals survive and thrive in such a severe world.

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