• 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.



The Dnieper Hydroelectric Station in Ukraine was built in the 1920s to harness the power of the Dnieper River; the dam created the Dnieper Reservoir behind it.

The Ord River Dam provides irrigation for 150km² of farmland in Western Australia and created Lake Argyle - Australia’s largest man-made lake.

Billions of dollars have been spent turning the Mississippi-Missouri into one of the most managed rivers in the world.

The Narmada Valley Project proposes a series of dams along the Narmada River to provide irrigation and hydroelectricity for the region.

Wivenhoe Dam on the Brisbane River was built after the 1974 flood to protect Brisbane; its lake can hold more water than Sydney Harbour.

The Glen Canyon Dam, to the north-east of the Grand Canyon, is the second largest dam on the Colorado River.

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The Dnieper River, Ukraine at 13,000m - Barriers along this transport artery


Wyndham, Australia at 13,000m - The largest man-made lake in Australia


Brisbane, Australia at 10,000m - The power of the Brisbane River


The Grand Canyon, USA at 4,000m - Volcanoes and dams


The Narmada River, India at ground level - Damming the river

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