From Tue Aug 5 16:12:50 1997 Received: from by (ERNET-IISc/SMI-4.1) id QAA16858; Tue, 5 Aug 1997 16:12:50 +0500 Message-ID: <> Date: Tue, 05 Aug 1997 16:08:33 -0700 From: "T.V.Ramachandra" Reply-To: Organization: Energy Research Group [CES], I.I.Sc, Bangalore 560 012, India X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.0 (Win16; I) MIME-Version: 1.0 To: Subject: WEB of Life - Exploring Biodiversity Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="------------4E35235F5F3C" Status: RO X-Status: This is a multi-part message in MIME format. --------------4E35235F5F3C Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit --------------4E35235F5F3C Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Base: "" WEB of Life - Exploring Biodiversity
Web of Life logo

As seen on PBS


WEB OF LIFE Video (QuickTime: 22 secs. 1.5 MB)

Requires Macromedia's Shockwave Plugin

Web of Life: Exploring Biodiversity is a two-hour public television special that celebrates the diversity of life on Earth. Everywhere we look, new species of life are being uncovered -- new birds, plants, insects, fungi, and even beings as large as whales. We have no idea how much life there is on Earth.

But the multiplicity of life is only half the story. All life is interconnected, like strands of a great Web, and each species relies upon others in ways never imagined. Shot on location in the United States, the Peruvian Amazon, Nepal, France, Papua New Guinea, "Web of Life: Exploring Biodiversity" documents this new view of life on Earth.

Along with this new view, "Web of Life: Exploring Biodiversity" presents a new style of documentary. Narrated by John Corbett ("Northern Exposure,") the program combines the sophistication of public television with the contemporary style of adventure programs and music television. Along with world-renowned biodiversity experts, such as E.O.Wilson, Thomas Lovejoy, Peter Raven and Gordon Orians, we follow ordinary people, including a mother and son who venture to the rain forest to see life there for themselves. The program's unique artistic style juxtaposes color video with black and white film, and features music by 10,000 Maniacs, REM, Talking Heads, Midnight Oil, Deep Forest, Rusted Root, Acoustic Junction and original soundtrack by Michael Whalen.

Produced by WQED/Pittsburgh in association with World Wildlife Fund

Scenes from the special include:

BEYOND DISNEYLAND: A mother and her son trek to Peru to see the mysterious rain forest and discover two amazing things: there's more life on earth than we ever imagined, and all life is linked in complex and unexpected ways.
DESERT TO GRASSLANDS: The living fabric is tightly bound up and interconnected. So interconnected that one scientist working in eastern Arizona changed a desert into a grassland by tugging slightly on just one strand of the Web of Life.
OLDEST CONNECTION: One of the oldest connections in the Web of Life was uncovered beneath our feet. A mat of fungus saturates the world's soil. Its job: feeding nearly every plant on Earth with water and nutrients. Without the fungal mat, plants and all living things would perish.
SOUNDTRACKER: Gordon Hempton, known as the Soundtracker, pursues the vanishing sounds of nature, which he calls "the Earth's music." Hempton thinks there's a message in the evolving chorus. We trek with him to one of America's greatest National Parks to record natural sounds.
PIZZA-DELIVERY BOY: Former pizza-delivery boy Bill Evans invented an incredible way to monitor bird populations based on bird songs. We meet Evans at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Some scientists believe song birds are declining and this monitoring method may be one way to find out for sure.
LAS VEGAS: We may be headed into the greatest extinction spasm since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago. In Las Vegas, the All-American city, we explore possible causes for this dramatic loss of life, including competition between species for space and natural resources and the introduction of exotic species to an ecosystem.
DEEP FOREST: Indigenous peoples rarely appear on anyone's list of endangered creatures. Yet indigenous people are disappearing at a fantastic rate, following in the footsteps of other threatened creatures. Now, the music of these peoples is being used to bring their plight into the spotlight. Internationally recognized composers, Deep Forest, bring attention to the loss of human diversity.
OLD GROWTH: A family finds a treasure long thought lost: old growth forest in the northeastern United States. We tag along as an "old-growth sleuth" and his children and friends discover trees alive when the Pilgrims first set foot at Plymouth Rock.
HUMANS AND NATURE: A photographer tries to capture an elusive subject in natural history: our relationship to the natural world. How are we connected to nature? And what does technology do to that connection?
SECRET IN THE FIELD: In an unassuming Minnesota field, one man discovers that the rich assemblage of species on Earth, our biodiversity, acts as nature's insurance policy against disaster.
RAPID ASSESSMENT: Like a SWAT team, a diverse group of scientists ventures to the little-known Kikori region of Papua New Guinea to assess the health of the ecosystem there. What are the threats to biodiversity here?
WILD LANDS: Everyday citizens are trying to reconnect the Web of Life. By redrawing the maps for our wild areas, they hope to redesign the wilderness system of the entire North American Continent.
RESTORING THE WEB: In Nepal, a similar plan is being enacted to preserve the Greater one-horned rhino and other endangered species. In many ways, Nepal is on the cutting edge of a new environmental trend: a shift from preserving individual species to preserving entire ecosystems. Is this an answer to preserving our biodiversity riches through the twenty-first century?

WEB OF LIFE: Exploring Biodiversity is funded by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Greg Andorfer, Executive producer; David Elisco, Producer

This site is hosted by The EnviroLink Network

graphic butterfly 
graphic butterfly 
graphic butterfly 
graphic butterfly 

Copyright ©1995, 1996 WQED Pittsburgh. All rights reserved.
Your E-mail comments are welcome. Send to: