Great Natural Wonders of the World

2002 ,    »  -   52 Comments
Ratings: 8.72/10 from 67 users.

Great Natural Wonders of the WorldThe earth is indeed an extraordinary planet, and not just because of the almost infinitely variety of life that is supports, its very fabric - the land itself - is marvelously varied and impressive. In this program, we're going on a global journey in search of the greatest natural wonders of the world.

Long ago, the surface of the earth was born a fire. This was the raw material from which the face of our planet was created. Then over an immense length of time, the earth's crust was shaped and reshaped by the forces of nature.

Its' rocks have been carved by the powers of the elements, and by that great leveler, time itself. What we see around us today is the result of these unrelenting processes of natural erosion, a dramatic story of continuous change. The world we see now is the result of monumental changes that are barely detectable in our own brief lives.

52 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Ryan

    Gotta love this guys voice

  2. lallu
  3. lallu

    Good one, but a bit overly biased towards USA. I think they paid the bills.

  4. Jesse
  5. Jesse

    The reason is obvious why they didn't go so quite in depth about the U.S.A. The U.S.A. is covered by so many different documentaries, the most famous one being National Parks-America's Best Idea. It was amazing to see the what the rest of the world has to offer. Most of places shown, I have never even heard of until now. Note, "Great Natural Wonders Of The World".

  6. blue bird
  7. blue bird

    Wow great video,some beautiful places,waterfalls,moutains, everything,all very pretty!!

  8. Coyote03
  9. Coyote03

    Really great documentary! I would love to go see Angel Falls, Ayer's Rock and well a lot of other sites also!

    lallu, the first 12-15 minutes were on North America, while I am Canadian, I thought they did a good job with the sites they chose. Australia's segment was just as long, each continents segment was proportional to the amount of interesting and unique features created by earth's erosion processes.

    To suggest that the BBC or BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION is being funded by the USA is an incredibly ignorant and fallacious statement! :)

  10. Carlos
  11. Carlos

    Why is he saying that North-America and South-America are continents? they are ONE continent which is AMERICA.

  12. Carlos
  13. Carlos

    But Coyote, being the first segment North America, don't you think they talked too much about USA? I mean Canada and Mexico are also North America after all.

  14. Rauan
  15. Rauan

    Thanks to BBC.Amazing and unforgettable sceneries of the Earth. David Attenborough - simply the best narrator.

  16. Paul
  17. Paul

    This is an awesome footage, glad to have found it here. Thanks.

  18. Jodie
  19. Jodie

    I love this program, another great film from the BBC! AND it featured Iguacu Falls! My favourite place in the entire world that so many people don't know about! X (Is the comment about South and North America being one contintent a joke =S?)

  20. mmiinnuu
  21. mmiinnuu

    good one. it is an astonishing documentary. thanks to BBC.

  22. Marino Guerieri
  23. Marino Guerieri

    does everything have to be "astonishing"? :D i mean everything made by bbc :)

  24. Ben Caesar
  25. Ben Caesar

    Great documentary.

  26. Vandermoore
  27. Vandermoore

    As always, a very beautiful documentary from Attenborough and the BBC. Nice for those who wish to get to know of these wonders without spoiling too much of them for would be visitors.

    Also, while some do call the Americas one continent, it is not commonly done so. And though the North-America bit was almost exclusively about the USA, one could argue it was rightly so, as it does contain some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world, let alone the continent. Personally however, I thought Death Valley, while probably an amazing sight in person, does not lend itself so much to be captured on the screen, and its place could easily have been given to some Canadian or Central American wonder, although I have a hard time thinking of one.

  28. Carl Jodoin
  29. Carl Jodoin

    The Rockies.

  30. barry4211
  31. barry4211

    This documetary is a good Watch

  32. Joey Tyke
  33. Joey Tyke

    Niagara Falls?

  34. ThisDarkChestOfWonders
  35. ThisDarkChestOfWonders

    Unnnnnhhhhhh........ Man. Ok. (big deep breath) siiiiiiiiigh...... And when you count your 7 continents ( you can use your fingers if you have to). Would you not include, in those 7 continents, both north america AND south america? Becuase if you think its one contient then i would assume that you also believe africa,asia, and europe are all the same continent called eurasfica. And obviously antartica is not to be considered a contienet, because who wants to go to that frozen wasteland. I usually don't use this childishly annoying phrase but..... DERP. =P

  36. Sarcastic_Drew
  37. Sarcastic_Drew

    "Why is he saying that North-America and South-America are continents? they are ONE continent which is AMERICA."

    Hahahahahha! omg. Thank you for that. I needed a good lol.

  38. Jonathan JP Paulino
  39. Jonathan JP Paulino

    Unfortunately; that is all we have left.

  40. Jay Nguyen
  41. Jay Nguyen


  42. Shaughn Xavier Alexis Clark
  43. Shaughn Xavier Alexis Clark

    It's 'The America's' America doesn't own the whole lot.

  44. Sarcastic_Drew
  45. Sarcastic_Drew

    You're lying.

  46. Shaughn Xavier Alexis Clark
  47. Shaughn Xavier Alexis Clark

    Clearly. Read up on your geography.

  48. Sarcastic_Drew
  49. Sarcastic_Drew

    "It's 'The America's' America doesn't own the whole lot."

    Read my comment again. You misinterpreted.

    A funny note: You stating: "***AMERICA*** doesn't own the whole lot" is ignorant unto itself, claiming the United States of America IS America, discrediting other "American" countries such as Mexico, Canada etc of any merit whatsoever. lol

  50. George
  51. George

    It depends on the eductaion model of the country your are in. In India and most of Asia there are 7 Continents. Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Australia and Antartica. The Education model in South America teaches Six Continents. witn North and south America counted as one.

  52. jackmax
  53. jackmax

    G'day Doco,

    I glad you found this doc as it now gives me a place to speak to Robert about our great land and its features that are so unique.

    There is so much with in our shoreline that can only enhance our understanding of this wonderful planet we all live on.

    From the Blue Lakes to the Kimberlies and from Cape York to the bottom of Tassie, there is so much for us to teach others about our great nation from our own knowledge.

    Australia is by far the best country in the world as far as I'm concerned and I could talk about it endlessly.

  54. robertallen1
  55. robertallen1

    And Docoman

    Your post and Docoman's did not come through my e-mail. I found them both accidentally. This system is atrocious. One way or the other, I just saw a documentary on dangerous animals in your country.

    1. Isn't it a bit dangerous trekking through the outback. You never know what you're going to step on or if your next step is going to be your last? I mean some of these creatures can penetrate through thick boots.

    2. Same question, but with respect to the water, e.g, the cone snail.

    3. Are there many instances of urban casualties as a result of say the funnel web spider, the taipan or the eastern brown snake--I mean your country has some of the deadliest fauna in the world and each genus seems to have multiple species.

    4. Anyone who could watch this documentary and deny evolution is a mental castratus (or castrata). These creatures, especially the venemous ones are textbook examples of adaptation to environment and your country is a textbook on evolution itself.

    5. Have you given your son the test I suggested? .

  56. robertallen1
  57. robertallen1

    I didn't know about the marsupial elephant or lion or the other extinct fauna mentioned in your link. Thanks for the information.

  58. docoman
  59. docoman

    G'day mate, for myself walking in the bush it's habit to look where I'm going to step next, and be aware, like stepping over a fallen tree of what's over there, step on the tree and look first, for example.

    If I'm detecting I've usually got the detector between myself and any snakes. Most of them are scared of us and prefer to get out of our way if they can. Some, like the Taipan, can be more aggressive and you need to move, not them :)

    I live in an outer suburb area of Brisbane, big back yards and some spare blocks and bush areas around. I, ahem, (it's illegal to kill them, so I'll say had an encounter with) a brown snake some months back that was near my door. I've killed a few in my lifetime, mostly back on farms and usually only if they're around the home or camp etc, pretty much you leave them and they'll leave you when out bush. (the majority of snake bites in Aus are 20-something males trying to kill the snake I recall reading)
    Just squash spiders I do if they're inside, if they're dangerous use a tool, like a thong. (you call them flip-flops). One farm house I rented we used to get scorpions in the lounge room in winter. (none are deadly to humans here in Aus, I checked). A small jar, and blow in some strong tobacco smoke (don't inhale first) and they go toes up pretty quick.

    With swimming I personally prefer fresh water, but do swim at the beach too. Not keen on the sharks much though.

    I don't swim at the beach up North during the wet season (around the end and beginning of the year) because of the jelly fish. I carry some vinegar in the car when up there in case of jelly fish (stingers we call them). Up north you have to be aware of the Croc's too, so I play it safe and only swim in places where there's a barrier the Salty's can't get up past. Locals will usually tell you where it is or isn't safe to swim.

    As kids we're told don't mess with things like the Blue Ringed octopus or Cone Snails, they're pretty but they'll kill ya. One of my older sisters when young was lucky to survive stepping on a Stone fish at a remote beach. She's told me all she remembers is a dreamworld of pain. A man in a dune buggy came past and drove her to hospital, saved her life.

    I don't know the numbers of casualties off the top of my head, but I don't think there's that many that die each year in urban areas, they have time to get to hospital. The common mistake is not knowing what or bringing in the 'offender' to properly I.D. (to know which anti-venom to administer) It's not as dangerous here as it might seem, you just watch out for some things that bite.

    We get the odd shark victim and now as the ban on killing croc's came in long enough ago there's some bigger ones about now and sometimes a Croc will take someone. There was one a couple months ago near Weipa where apparently a fisherman on the beach went missing, all they found was a cast net and his thongs. There had been reports of a big Salty in the area, so that's likely what happened to him.

    It's easy to take the uniqueness of some of our animals for granted when you've grown up seeing them, until you see something like the platypus. They are just weird. Or if you look and compare the native animals here to other animals and look at evolution, it becomes very interesting I find.

  60. jackmax
  61. jackmax

    G'day Robert,

    To answer your last question, I only have him every second weekend at the moment, but yes next time we are together I will be trying what you have suggested.

    The danger your talking about is there, however being born and bred in the country and my training ensured that the awareness of the dangers limited the risk.

    Most of the time these animals are as scared of us as we are of them.

    In urban (urban to me is city) areas spiders would play the biggest risk. In the country and rural town the number of snake bites are minimal as most people are very aware of our range of "bities".

    As a kid I grew up on a large property, and one of the ways I made money was to catch snakes and sell them to be milked of their venom for the antivenene. Tiger snakes were the most aggressive also the most leathal of the three main types I use to catch and the best

    I can only speak about myself, although fear is an important factor in the decision making process, it has never played very much of a roll in my thought process. I've been privileged to have trekked over most of Australia and have seen both, native and introduced species we have here in the wild (introduced ie.pigs, buffalo and deer). As I've stated before I'm interested in our crocodiles the reasons are varied, but they are the only living creature that we can date back to the dinosaurs to my knowledge. I think that we have not studied the croc enough to fully understand it's adaptabilities to evolve over such a vast period of time without seemingly have changed from then until now.
    They've been around for millions of years and are regarded as one of the most
    successful predators on earth. They sit at the top of the food chain as an apex predator and today they are in increasing numbers in Australia.
    The Saltwater Crocodile can be traced back to their relatives prior to the dinosaurs they are also related to the giant Archosaurs which can be traced back over 240 million years ago to the Triassic period in our
    earth’s history. A survivor the saltwater crocodile has survived the ice ages and the shift of the earth’s continents.

    Words could never describe the beauty of our great land and no pictures seem to give it the justice it deserves. I recommend if you ever have the opportunity to visit take it I promise the memories you will take back you will want to share with anyone willing to listen.

    We have rock that have been dated back over three and a half million years, so the creationists story of the earth being 6500 to 10,000 years old falls apart extremely quickly in that area alone.

  62. jackmax
  63. jackmax

    Docoman will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm sure there are two separate lakes and one is blue and the other is green. As I said this only by memory, but I think the blue lake is a part of four creators in that area. but as I said docoman will be able to confirm this or tell you I'm full of sh1t......LOL

  64. robertallen1
  65. robertallen1

    Thanks for the response.
    As I told your luntsman, I don't understand how anyone who watches a documentary on the wildlife of your country can still deny evolution when every living thing you see there screams out at you as a textbook example. .
    While marsupials are mostly confined to your country, I've often wondered how one genus, the possum, managed to spring up in the new world and why we don't find any marsupials native to Europe or Africa.
    Once again, thanks.

  66. jackmax
  67. jackmax

    The Kimberley area at the top of Western Australia are an extremely beautiful area of Aust. and still today the amount of visitors is managed both by remoteness and to date good park management. Arnhem Land is another interesting place to visit with Kakadu National Park being a part of that area that covers about 95,000 sq klms in our top end in Northern Territory. We also have the Cape Yoke Peninsula in the top end of Queensland. I'm not quite sure about the area that the Cape covers however I Know through my travels that it makes Kakadu look small. Trekking through any part of the top end has its dangers but its the crocodile that would gain that most attention to detail when making decisions like crossing waterways and even collecting water as the "croc" wins every time even if you survive the attack.

  68. robertallen1
  69. robertallen1

    Thanks for the response. Let me know what happens with respect to your son.

    I just saw a documentary on the saltwater crocodile. Some of them make the Nile version look like wimps. I too am fascinated by crocodiles, not only because of their predatory capabilities (including the ability to sense certain things that humans cannot), but by their ability to create their own antibiotics. Perhaps their being at the top of the food chain accounts for their virtual lack of evolution for the last 60 million or so years. If you haven't done so, you might want to read up on stasis and punctuated equilibrium.

    P.S. We can also date modern birds back to the dinosaurs.

  70. jackmax
  71. jackmax

    Yes the blue lake in NZ are very beautiful and do in fact look blue from aerial pictures as do most clear/clean water pictures, but when you're at ground level or on top of it it's clear.
    The blue lakes at Mount Gambier look blue be it in the air or on top in a boat.
    I think docoman tried to explain the color changes of the lake but if not I'm sure you could find I could give you from personal knowledge.

  72. jackmax
  73. jackmax

    I've read a little on punctuated equilibrium, prior to your post and have done some more today, I now think its gone beyond a hypothesis and more research is or should be done.
    I may sound bias but reading Professor Richard Dawkin's The Blind Watch Maker gives me a better explanation to the cycle of evolution compared to punctuated equilibrium, at this stage. But that's the beauty of science opinions and prior thoughts can change with new evidence coming to hand, and our understanding improves

  74. docoman
  75. docoman

    Looks like a beautiful place there, I'd like to swim in it but I bet it's cold. :(

  76. docoman
  77. docoman

    Yeah, the biggest lake is Blue Lake, the other one with water is Valley Lake, it's green. There are 2 other 'lakes' in those craters that I've never seen water in that I recall, I read somewhere one dried up a few decades ago as the water table dropped.

    I can't remember how many craters or volcanic features are in the area to be honest, there's kind of 2 almost joined at Blue and Vally lakes, and I remember seeing multiple features around the area on that flight, Mt Schank to the south for example. Blue lake was the only blue coloured fresh water I recall seeing, the others were more green.

  78. robertallen1
  79. robertallen1

    and JackMax
    Another question: Do you think a funnel web spider or a taipan could bring down a salty or do salties have an immunity to such toxic venoms?
    Another one of many ways to confuse and confound creationists, inform them that crocodilians and birds are the nearest extant relatives to dinosaurs.

  80. jackmax
  81. jackmax

    The funnel web spider I don't think it would not penetrate the hide of a crocodile. Something that you may find interesting: Not all creatures are affected by funnel-web poison:
    mice, rabbits, guineapigs, dogs and cats are relatively immune and often
    survive 100 times the lethal human dosage. In general the male is five
    times more dangerous than the female.(ref; Australia's most dangerous animals)

    The taipan's venom i believe would be toxic enough but as with the funnel web I doubt their bite would penetrate the thick hide of the croc, however I think if its venom entered the crocs system pending on the age of the croc may be downed but I think they would survive in my opinion.

    I worked it the Australian Zoo (the home of the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin), I designed the croc cages that are now in use all over the world at this time.

    Regarded as one of nature's most effective killing machines, you don't stand a chance if a hungry saltie takes a liking to you.The
    salty has reason to look so smug as it eyes you off from the riverbank: it is the world's largest reptile and regarded as one of nature's most effective killing machines. Most salty attacks occur between late September and January when crocodiles are hungry after the dry season and are preparing to breed. On land they are fast (faster than a horse over short distances) and in the water you won't know they are there until you're cuddling one as you succumb to its signature 'death roll'.

    When they strike a large animal (like us), crocodiles usually grab a head or limb and then roll you into the water, generally breaking your neck or drowning you, so they can then dismember you into manageable
    bite-sized chunks. Their immensely powerful jaws will easily crush your bones.

    Salties are also smarter than your average bear. Croc researcher Dr Adam Britton says that while crocodilian brains are much smaller than those of mammals (as low as 0.05 per cent of body weight in the saltwater
    crocodile), they are capable of learning difficult tasks with little conditioning. He suggests that saltwater crocodiles learn faster than lab rats and can track the migratory routes of prey as seasons change.
    ref; Dr Adam Britton

    I have alot more material on Crocodylinaes and other native Australian wildlife that I access to if interested.

  82. robertallen1
  83. robertallen1

    Thanks for the info. It makes sense that the hide protects it from poisonous creatures.
    Do you agree that the immunityon the part of mice, rabbits, etc. seems to be the result of evolution. By dogs and cats, do you mean all dogsand cats or just those native to your country?

  84. jackmax
  85. jackmax

    G'day Robert,

    It seem the my reply to you have gone to the disqus black hole, so I'll give another

    We don't have any native cats in Australia, however there is a native carnivorous marsupial called a Quoll. They were likened in appearance to a polecat or marten in the earliest reports, the tiger quoll being called "spotted marten" and eastern quoll "spotted opossum", but by 1804, the names "native cat" and "tiger cat" had been adopted by early settlers. (Ref; wikipedia).

    The dingo is our only native dog, although we call it a dog it is closer to the gray wolf than the domestic dog.

    I have the opinion that it would cover all cats and dogs as their immune systems would very similar. Another reason may be the fur or hair may act similar to the crocs thick hide, however that is one of my theories only, so I could wrong.

    Yes I agree that evolution has played an important part of these animals have an immunity to the venom certain venomous creatures.

  86. robertallen1
  87. robertallen1

    I asked about dogs and cats because you mentioned them.
    Iit seems that if dingos developed their immunity to funnel web venom through evolution that other canids would not have this immunity.
    Have you ever seen a quoll?

  88. jackmax
  89. jackmax

    G'day Robert,
    Forgive my tardiness in my reply to your question and cheers for reminding me.

    I have seen Quoll in the bush a couple of times.
    They are a nocturnal animal and extremely cautious little critters. Doco and myself were talking about them recently and he would be able to give you a more detailed answer about there habits as one stole food from one of his camping trips.

  90. robertallen1
  91. robertallen1

    I'm still wondering why the oppossum is the only new marsupial native to the new world. Any thoughts?

  92. jackmax
  93. jackmax

    I could be way off, but my thoughts are that during the Pangaea era when the supercontinents started the continental drift most of the oppossum common ancestors were separated with the majority being located in Australia with other land masses only having one or possibly two species.

  94. robertallen1
  95. robertallen1

    I was thinking along the same lines, but it doesn't answer the question as to why the oppossums were the only marsupials which made it to the New World, if that is indeed what happened. Also, do you find it odd that no monotremes seem to have made it to the new world?

  96. jackmax
  97. jackmax

    G'day Robert,

    I'm of the opinion that there may have been more marsupials than the oppossums in the New World however with the larger range of predators eg. coyotes, cougars, bobcat and grizzly bears. There are others but I think that you can see where I'm heading, we don't have the same amount of predators that the New World appear to have.

    I will answer you in more detail on both your questions however the more I research the more questions I have raised to myself and the last thing I'd would do is answer anyone without ensuring that my opinion is not misleading. The monotremes are unique to Australia by all accounts and as Australia is one the oldest land masses they may have actually evolved here.

  98. leigh
  99. leigh

    More numbers than you'll ever hear in an hour! Awe-some!

  100. a5r3
  101. a5r3

    I love your narration Sir DA

  102. Michelle
  103. Michelle

    I quit at 5 minutes in due to ridiculous advertisements. No thanks

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