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Alternate title:Case of the man-made desert
Summary:By building roads, watering crops, and grazing cattle, we are constantly changing the climate. We may also modify the weather by cloud seeding, though there is no scientifically accepted proof that rain or snow would not have occurred naturally in cases where seeding appears to have been successful. This program shows how migration in the Sahel has altered regional climate; examines the tomorrow-be-damned policy of water usage in Arizona; and investigates the drastic miscarriage of good intentions in Central Asia, where efforts to irrigate the desert turned into the worst climatic disaster in the history of the Soviet Union: the drying up of the Aral Sea, once the world's fourth-largest lake. The program details how this catastrophe happened and reveals its consequences for the population, the physical geography, and the climate of the area.
Contributor:Jones, Ralph
Peck, Bob, 1945-1999
Provider:Vision Group
London Weekend Television, ltd
Caméras continentales
Société française de production
Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Century:1901-2000
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Topical subjects:Climatology
Weather control
Weather -- Effect of human beings on
Genre:Science television programs
Educational television programs
Documentary television programs
Credits:Made by the Vision Group in association with Cameras Continentales and Société Française de Production for London Weekend Television ; produced and directed by Ralph Jones. Narrator, Bob Peck. Executive producer, Jerome Kuehl ; series producer, Mark Redhead ; cameramen, Simon French, Alan Hewison ; editor, Cesca Eaton ; music, Steve Nieve.
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Science, Technology
Agriculture, Environment, Conservation, the Natural World
Films@UM Browse terms:Science, Technology, and Math
Conservation, Environment
Collection:Films@UM
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