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  • Full Documentary. Shaba. The Land of God and Devil


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    00:10 In the north of Kenya, stands the Shaba reserve, a place of biological endemisms; a haven for wildlife at the edge of a blazing desert. It is the so-called Northern Frontier District, the geographical limit beyond which reign the laws of life in the wild.
    01:43 In a land where life seems impossible, Shaba guards the treasure of its exclusive biodiversity in a paradox without precedent. Wind, sun and dust; for three years, not a single drop of rain has fallen on the cracked lands of the Northern Frontier District. The natives call this region Nyica, the wild, desolate region. But even in this time of prolonged drought life clings on in Shaba.
    05:21 During the early hours of the day, the animals take advantage of the lingering cool of the night to carry out their daily activities, before the heat makes all movement impossible.
    06:51 Among the baboons, too, the family structure is the key making it possible for them to remain in Shaba even during the severest droughts. While many species leave, the baboons remain, and even manage to raise their young.
    10:27 Finally, the clouds arrive, bringing hope. Huge cumuli form over the parched savannah and, three years late, finally release the long-awaited rain. In a matter of hours new rivers appear, flowing across the savannah.
    12:17 Like the animals, the plants that survive the rigours of this region are true specialists in withstanding prolonged periods of drought and as soon as they receive water they immediately shoot up, taking the maximum advantage of the time of abundance.
    The secretary birds are hunters adapted to the open savannah. Their long thin legs may give the wrong impression.
    17:42 In Shaba, all the animal species are adapted to the semi-desert climate. No one would be able to withstand the scarce seasonal rainfall if they were not real specialists in survival in arid climes.

    27:10 The mating season has come. When the climate has changed, and there is food all around, the animals get ready to bring their young into the world. And during the weeks immediately after the first rains, the different species come into mate and breed.
    31:06 In the herds, mating is also decided by the hierarchy. Each one knows what it can aspire to, depending on its status within the group, so in the same herd different couples can mate without this creating any conflict among them.
    33:07 The little warthogs are only a few days old, and their only task during these first weeks will be to exercise in order to acquire the speed and strength which will enable them to flee from hunters. Wrestling matches, or football with a pat of elephant dung form part of their training. Anything will do if it serves to make them faster and stronger. Because it will not be long before the savannah puts them to the test.
    36:46 During the short rains, between december and february, there are frequent storms at nightfall.
    The climate mellows and the heat of the day gives way to fresh, humid air; the temperature the large hunters have been waiting for to go into action.
    39:40 The river bank is the meeting place for the majority of the species of Shaba. In the course of the day, many of the animals of the savannah come here to drink. Elephants need between 80 and 160 litres of water a day, and the adult males can drink twice this amount, so they must always have water sources available.
    46:03 The time of the hunters has arrived. The animals retire to their night-time ride away. Life on the savannah offers no truces. Another leopard emerges from the shadows, and the couple continues its silent round. Then, the male detects a furtive movement in a tree alongside the Ewaso Ngiro, and the hunt begins. It is now just a question of time, and beneath the attentive gaze of his companion, the hunter gets ready to attack. A last movement reveals a monitor lizard, provoking a reaction from the leopard.
    50:03 And again two shadows melt into the night, combining beauty and death beneath the starry sky of Shaba.
    With the return of the dry season, Shaba goes back to the beginning. Little by little drought sets in. And again God and the devil alternate until they become one and the same, with no beginning or end, in the perpetual circle of life.


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  • If You See a Tsunami, Never Do Certain Things!


    A tsunami is a string of immense waves that appear after earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, underwater landslides, and even asteroid impacts. The largest mega-tsunami wave ever recorded was documented on July 9, 1958, in Lituya Bay, in Alaska. The height of the wave reached a stunning 1,720 ft.

    This situation is no joke, and as soon as you find out that a tsunami is coming, you must act immediately to save your life. Here’s what you need to do right away.

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    - The water may suddenly drain, showing the ocean floor, or, vice versa, a wall of water may appear on the horizon.
    - If animals unexpectedly group together, hide in different nooks, leave the area, or show extreme anxiety, these may be signs of an approaching natural disaster.
    - As soon as you hear a tsunami alert, don't wait for even a second - evacuate immediately!
    - Move as far away from the shore as you can, heading toward high hills, mountains, or a forest.
    - If possible, go at least 2 miles inland and 100 feet above sea level.
    - Keep in mind that roads often get wiped out by tsunamis; therefore, after everything’s done, you may have trouble finding your way back.
    - Stay away from power lines, walls, bridges, and whatnot. Even if these constructions look sturdy enough, they can collapse during the aftershock.
    - Evacuation routes in potentially dangerous areas are often marked by a special sign with a wave and an arrow on it.
    - Even when you think that everything's over, don't be too quick to relax. Tsunamis come in waves, and there may be dozens of them.
    - Try to find reliable information by listening to radio updates.
    - Don't forget about the risk of electrocution. The water can be electrically charged by damaged underground power lines.
    - Far from the shore, such waves usually travel at a breakneck speed of up to 500 miles per hour. But when a wave is getting closer to the coast, it slows down to 30 miles per hour and grows in height.
    - If a tsunami is drawing nearer while you're far from the shore, paddle toward the horizon, to the deep sea.
    - A tsunami’s waves can travel at a speed of 20 to 30 miles per hour and reach a height of 10 to 100 feet.
    - About 80% of all the tsunamis are born in the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire, which is a seismically active zone with 452 volcanoes and the world's largest number of earthquakes.

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