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The World About Us


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A Desert Place
The Sonoran Desert, southern Arizona. Now one of the hottest and toughest places on earth to live. Its present-day inhabitants are adaptable colonists or survivors from milder times 100,000 years ago when the region was largely grass and woodland.
The spade-foot toad is one of the survivors. It completes its entire life cycle in just three weeks after the annual rainstorm - and then burrows underground. The giant saguaro cactus, on the other hand, largest living thing in the Sonoran, has learned to make use of the rare but violent falls of rain. It takes up a ton of water in a few hours - enough to survive two years of drought.
Written and narrated by John Hedges
Photographed and directed by JOHN BORDEN and NEIL GOODWIN Produced by peace river FILMS Series editors


Unknown: John Hedges
Directed By: John Borden
Unknown: Neil Goodwin
Unknown: Peter Jones
Unknown: Anthony Isaacs

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