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EnhanceTV :: Video Download :: First Footprints: The Great Drought - 30,000 To 15,000 Years Ago - Ep 2 Of 4

First Footprints: The Great Drought - 30,000 To 15,000 Years Ago - Ep 2 Of 4
First Footprints: The Great Drought - 30,000 To 15,000 Years Ago - Ep 2 Of 4 
*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program contains images and voices of people who have died*

In the second part of this 4-part series we move into the biggest drought ever experienced by people. For thousands of years people lived with Australia's strange and ferocious mega fauna like the six metre giant lizard magalarnia and the marsupial lion. But all these beasts went extinct during the last ice age.

In Australia sea levels dropped to 130m below today's level and deserts spread from 60% to 90% of the continent. Temperatures were 6 degrees colder; it was dry and windy and this climate lasted over 10,000 years.

As conditions worsened, people adapted to the new environments in innovative ways. In many parts they became desert people with new technologies like the grindstone.

At the Willandra Lakes, footprints from 20,000 years ago show people thriving even at the height of the ice age. People recorded every water source and passed the information on through songlines - the oral transmission of important cultural and spiritual information.

This information, codified into The Law, was the blueprint for survival through this punishing drought, even in places we can't live in today. People crossed the treeless plains of the Nullarbor 20,000 years ago to visit Koonalda cave and mark their presence at the height of the ice age.

PRODUCTION DETAILS:
Produced, written and directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean of Contact Films.
 

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Duration (mins) 60
Date of broadcast 21/7/2013
Time of Broadcast 21:25
Channel ABC1
Study Guide First Footprints: The Great Drought - 30,000 To 15,000 Years Ago - Ep 2 Of 4
Rating G
Price: AUD19.50
including GST

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