'Planet Earth: Deserts' Narrated in Filipino

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'Planet Earth: Deserts' Narrated in Filipino


When astronauts peer down on Planet Earth, the one environment they all notice are the deserts, which make up a staggering 30% of the land's surface. From space they look empty and lifeless. A closer look reveals a very different picture.

This Saturday, discover the world of "Deserts" on BBC's Planet Earth, airing on GMA News TV Channel 11, with narration in Filipino by news anchor Raffy Tima.

Deserts are united by their lack of rain, yet they are the most varied of our planet's ecosystems. Mongolia's Gobi Desert is home to wild Bactrian camels, one of the rarest mammals on the planet that survive by eating snow in lieu of water. In the Atacama in Chile, guanacos survive in the driest desert in the world by licking the dew from cactus spines.

Changes are rare in deserts, but they play a crucial part in their story. Planet Earth is remarkable for having captured some of these key moments of change, from Saharan sandstorms nearly a mile high to desert rivers that run for a single day. …

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