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Volcano Above the Clouds

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Kilimanjaro NOVA joins climbers scaling Mount Kilimanjaro as they travel through ecosystems ranging from a cloud forest to a glaciated mountaintop.

The program:

  • chronicles the quest of naturalist Robin Buxton, who was disabled by polio in childhood, to reach the top of Africa's highest mountain.

  • features specially adapted plants that grow in cold and high altitudes.

  • describes the danger that Mount Kilimanjaro could suffer a landslide, like Mount St. Helens in Washington, that triggers a catastrophic eruption.

  • shows how scientists take temperature readings in the volcano's crater to help them predict how far below the surface the magma lies.

  • follows scientists as they search for the source of fresh water found at the mountain's base.

  • reveals how warm air from the volcano and global warming may be contributing to the evaporation of Mount Kilimanjaro's glaciers, which could disappear within 20 years.

  • concludes that the glaciers are not the source of the fresh water found at the base of mountain.

Taping Rights: Can be used up to one year after the program is taped off the air.

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