Andes: The Dragon’s Back

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With glaciers marking its tip, active volcanoes running along its spine, snow-capped peaks rising high above its range, both wet and dry tropical rainforests within its interior, and desert, lowland savanna and alpine tundra in between, the Andes is an extraordinary world of diverse terrain, extreme temperatures and multifarious wildlife. Rising out of the Pacific Coast, this high mountain range is 5,000 miles long, extending over seven countries between Tierra del Fuego in the extreme south to the Caribbean coast in the north.

Once the realm of the ancient Incan Empire, this place of myth and legend also has a rich, intriguing natural history going back to the Jurassic period, marked by an event of monumental portion—the formation of the Central American land bridge 3 million years ago. The creatures of the Andes set this land apart from all other places on earth. The Andes are home to the zorro, a “false fox” with adaptations that make it a successful inhabitant of the Andes. The flamingo, too, has developed utterly unique and specialized adaptations in order to thrive in an environment that doesn’t even seem livable—a salt pan.

Only a mountain range of extremes could harbor such a rich and diverse variety of life forms. Here you will find some of the highest, saltiest, wettest and driest terrains on the planet. Penguins, opossums, hummingbirds, llamas, pumas, foxes, condors, spectacled bears and many more have all managed to carve out an existence somewhere in one of the many worlds that we call the Andes. Buy the DVD. Online content for Andes: The Dragon’s Back was originally posted February 2007.

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Television Credits

Narrated by
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Produced and Edited By
MARK FLETCHER

Photography
ROBERT FULTON
STEPHEN DE VERE
JIM CLARE
JEFF GOODMAN
KEITH BRUST
JOHN BROWN
ALASTAIR MACEWAN
CHARLIE HAMILTON-JAMES

Written by
DAVID HELTON

Music Composed by
JENNIE MUSKETT

Dubbing Editor
ANGELA GROVES

Dubbing Mixer
ANDREW WILSON

Scientific Advisor
CHRISTIAN GONZALES

Researcher
JO BRICE

Production Co-ordinator
ANNE BAMBER

Production Manager
DI WILLIAMS

Executive Producer
MICHAEL BRIGHT

Series Producer
TIM MARTIN

Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
JENETTE RESTIVO

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

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