• Audio Slideshows

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    Narrated by experts in their fields, the slideshows combine stories, music and images giving you a new way to explore the world from the air.

  • Coasts

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    Almost 40% of the world’s population lives within 100km of the coast. Discover how people interact with diverse coastal environments.

  • Dams

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    Dams are some of the largest man-made structures. Find out how we use these engineering marvels to harness the power of rivers.

  • Mountains

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    Mountain ranges are the most distinctive landforms visible from the air. Discover some of Earth's highest, longest, oldest and most spectacular.

  • Natural Wonders

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    Discover some of nature’s most unusual events, creations and formations that can be found across the globe and find out why they exist.

  • Sacred Landscapes

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    Many cultures assign holy significance to the landscape around them; uncover some of the world’s most sacred sites and the people who worship them.

  • Colonial Arrivals

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    Explore the colonial history of some of the world’s greatest port cities and the roles the individual colonialists and explorers played.

  • Islands

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    Thousands of islands, large and small, dot our planet’s seas; find out the different ways in which they were formed, from volcanoes to coral.

  • Natural Resources

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    Gathering valuable resources such as metals, chemicals or water has led to communities developing in areas that might otherwise seem inhospitable.

  • Energy

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    We consume more energy now than ever before – find out where this fuel comes from and how it is harnessed across the globe.

  • Farming and agriculture

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    Food is one of our most basic human needs: discover how farming and agriculture differ across the varied cultures and climates of our world.

  • Cities

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    Over half the world’s population live in cities: discover how these settlements were established and learn why they are of modern global importance.

  • Volcanoes

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    Explore the world's diverse volcanic landscapes, from the effects of eruptions to the millions of people who live in the shadow of volcanoes.

  • Road and rail transport

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    Roads and railways have acted as a catalyst for expansion, communication and development. Explore their influences across the world.

  • Caves and rock paintings

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    Huge networks of caves and caverns hold some of the oldest and least explored physical, natural and human environments on the planet.

  • Legends and Mythology

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    Myths and legends have been used for centuries to help different cultures make sense of how the world around them came to be.



Puget Sound in Seattle was created by the repeated advance and retreat of large continental ice sheets over millions of years, which scoured away the surface of the land.

Nha Trang is located on Vietnam’s South Central Coast, at the foot of the Annamite Mountains with extensive coral reefs surrounding its coastline.

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of over 3,000 karst limestone islands.

King Sound has the greatest tidal range in Australia and one of the greatest in the world, with high tides reaching up to 12 metres.

The Sea of Azov is home to the longest spit in the world: the Arabat Spit on the sea’s southwest coast is 112km long and between 200m and 8km wide.

Surfing was a central part of ancient Polynesian culture in Hawaii, using specially constructed surfboards made of restructured canoes or wooden planks.

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King Sound, Australia at 13,000m - A changing coastal environment


Nha Trang, Vietnam at 13,000m - The South Central Coast


The Sea of Azov, Europe at 13,000m - Shallowest sea in the world


Seattle, USA at 13,000m - Puget Sound


Ha Long Bay, Vietnam at ground level - Spectacular karst coastline


Hawaii, USA at sea level - Origins of surfing in Hawaii

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