NATURE: Kalahari: The Great Thirstland

NATURE: Kalahari: The Great Thirstland

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 9:00pm

Flamingos swirl above a temporary desert lake.

Credit: Courtesy of Tim and June Liversedge 2003

Watch as the barren Kalahari swarms with life brought forth by a brief season of sudden storms. For years, the Kalahari Desert can appear to be one of the most barren wastelands on earth. But its swirling hot sands hold unseen treasure — a swarming superabundance of life brought forth by a brief season of sudden, unpredictable storms. Butterflies, termites and locusts burst forth in staggering numbers. Millions of quelea birds swirl in the sky like smoke. Most impressive is the giant bullfrog — the size of a dinner plate with a voice to match, this amphibian waits out the dry years entombed deep underground. NATURE: Kalahari: The Great Thirstland airs Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9 p.m. on WXXI World (DT21.2/cable524). 

Please note that the date and time presented in this preview differ from that of our local broadcast presentation.

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