- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: March 31, 2004
Spider silk, termite towers and more--examine the extraordinary accomplishments of the original engineers.
- See how these animal engineers learn their crafts.
- Examine the mysteries of structures like beehives and anthills.
- A global tour featuring the natural world's greatest builders.
Busy as a beaver is no exaggeration--particularly if those beavers are the ones who built a half-mile long dam in Three Forks, Montana. The industrious mammals are no lock for the title of nature's best builder, however. Termite mounds in Africa have been known to reach 20' tall and weigh in at several tons. Bees work together to build massive hives filled with hexagonal cells aligned according to the earth's magnetic fields. And male bower birds scavenge the countryside for attractive baubles with which to decorate the homes they create to woo their wives.
MODERN MARVELS® reminds us that man has no monopoly when it comes to construction. Naturalists reveal what we know about these ambitious creations, engineers examine the properties of materials like spider silk, and dramatic films take us inside the teeming subterranean metropolises beneath everyday anthills, the homes beavers shelter behind their stout dams, and the many other remarkable creations of NATURE'S ENGINEERS.