Australia: Land Beyond Time

Synopsis: A breathtaking journey through the exotic, surreal and dramatic natural environment of Australia.
Director(s): David Flatman
Actors: Alex Scott
Production: Imax Corporation
 
IMDB:
7.5
Rotten Tomatoes:
83%
UNRATED
Year:
2002
42 min
Website
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One of nature's masterworks

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the ultimate long-distance athlete

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At full speed it uses less energy

than any animal its size

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The Kangaroo is shaped

by the land in which it lives

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one of the most

challenging places on earth

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Australia is a vast

ancient weathered land

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isolated from all others for

40 million years

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lt is a place of extremes

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more like another planet

than another continent

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Travelling over Australia's

3 million square miles

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is like crossing an ocean of dry land

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Primeval landscapes belie its rich

resourceful life

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Australia is almost equal in size

to the continental United States

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lt is the driest

vegetated continent on Earth

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Surrounded by three oceans

it is the world's largest island

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lt shares no border with any other country

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Here some of the Earth's oldest rocks

hold fossils from the dawn of life

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ln its heartland are mountain ranges

that once rivalled Everest

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built up and worn down over time

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and remnants of a once vast inland sea

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Most of Australia's native animals

are unique

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Their journey on this continental raft

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has taken them through cool forests

and fiery deserts

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and changed them forever

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The survivors have been refined by

poverty and uncertainty

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Some have climbed up out of adversity

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Some have outrun all their predators

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Most have adapted to hard

fickle conditions

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A few are unchanged

since the days of the dinosaurs

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Now sheer diversity of species

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spreads the risk

that life is required to bear

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The story starts millions of years ago

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when Gondwana the great super continent

began to break apart

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Africa South America

and lndia were formed

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but Australia and Antarctica

were still joined as one last giant land

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forested and lush

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By 50 million years ago

the breakup was complete

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when Australia parted from Antarctica

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A massive ocean current

began to flow around the South Pole

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and Antarctica's life perished

under a blanket of ice and snow

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Australia pushed northwards

from the freezing latitudes

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and remained isolated

for the next 30 million years

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lt became an ark of survival

for its cargo of ancient life

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Searing winds began to dry the land

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and its moist rainforest all

but disappeared

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At the centre

the desert was taking over

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Australia's plants

and animals faced a choice

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adapt to the drying conditions

or retreat

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Now the symbol of

Australia's red heart is Uluru

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the Earth's largest exposed rock

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lt commemorates the relationship

between life and this land

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Today Australia is the

Earth's flattest continent

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lts mountains were worn to their stumps

millions of years ago

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The Nullarbor plain on its southern coast

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has the world's

longest unbroken coastal cliffs

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Once you could walk to Antarctica

from here

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lf the dry Outback is a land ocean

these parallel sand dunes are its waves

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Stretching beyond the horizons

they cover nearly half of the continent

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Millions of years of rain

and drying winds

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long ago leached the goodness

from most of its soil

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ln the red centre there is no regular

predictable pattern of rainfall

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Poor soils and a savage climate

now challenge all life in this land

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Nature responded to the

changing conditions

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The kangaroo started

its journey as a marsupial possum

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David Flatman

David Luke Flatman (born 21 January 1980) is an English sports pundit and former rugby union player who played prop. Flatman represented England eight times between 2000 and 2002, playing club rugby for Saracens and Bath. Flatman is routinely referred to by his nickname Flats. more…

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