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Planet Earth: Jungles
Planet Earth: Jungles 
Planet Earth is a BBC production with five episodes in the first series (episodes one through five) and six episodes in the second series (episodes six through eleven). Each episode examines a specific environment, focussing on key species or relationships in each habitat; the challenges they face; the behaviours they exhibit and the adaptations that enable them to survive.

Jungles, or rainforests as we tend to call them in Australia, are one of the most unusual, special and precious ecosystems on the planet. They are not pleasant places for people to live, being rich in wild foods but also poor in soil, rich in insects that bite, predatory fungi and trees that sting. Traditionally the main threat has been from those in search of their precious, high quality timbers and others who mistakenly assume that such a rich ecosystem must be powered by a rich, fertile soil. The opposite is the case but still, every year, huge areas of the Amazon forest are cleared for grazing cattle, raised to supply the developed world with coffee and burgers. These forests are so huge that they can create their own climate and may have a significant contribution to the global climate, far beyond their own border.

The series is suitable for middle secondary students studying Science and SOSE, and for senior secondary students of Biology, Environmental Science and Geography.
 

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Learning Areas Geography & Nature, Science & Technology, Society & Culture,
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