Scientist climbs giant redwood

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Scientist climbs giant redwood

Post by edfrank » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:42 pm

Scientist climbs giant redwood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm_xT8xHG0s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm_xT8xHG0s

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Post by mdvaden » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:40 am

That's a segment from the hour long episode shown on Nat Geo or Discovery Channel every so often. I think it's on at least once every one or two months. Just saw it like night before last. I've watched it start to finish like half a dozen times. The scenery, subject and music selection are superb.

Nat Geo had all 47 minutes or so without commercials for about 1/2 a year on Youtube. Now there's just the short clip.
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Re: Scientist climbs giant redwood

Post by edfrank » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:49 am

Mario,

I think I posted a link to the longer clip previously, but this was all that was there now. I want o expand this section on canopy research with other external links that are useful and this was a place to start. Anybody who has contributions are welcome to post them here.

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Post by jamesrobertsmith » Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:38 am

I recall watching a documentary about a team of researchers who used a large balloon-type contraption to land on top of the rain forest canopy in the Amazon. The balloon itself was like a big spider-web that the team could use to move around the canopy.

Was that a Nat Geo film?

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Re: Scientist climbs giant redwood

Post by Rand » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:37 am

jamesrobertsmith wrote:I recall watching a documentary about a team of researchers who used a large balloon-type contraption to land on top of the rain forest canopy in the Amazon. The balloon itself was like a big spider-web that the team could use to move around the canopy.

Was that a Nat Geo film?
Don't know if it was televised, but Nat Geo did have an article about it in their magazine in the mid 90's or so. Very interesting idea.

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Post by mdvaden » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:40 am

The redwood photographing covered in the video below, if I remember right, was done fairly close on the calendar to what Frank posted in the OP.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25Jzk7s635s
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Re: Scientist climbs giant redwood

Post by Rand » Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:04 pm

Oh wow, I've seen the poster, but didn't know they made that large a reproduction:
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Post by AndrewJoslin » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:04 pm

mdvaden wrote:The redwood photographing covered in the video below, if I remember right, was done fairly close on the calendar to what Frank posted in the OP.
Super inspiring, great video, thanks for posting Mario!
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Post by pierce » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:46 pm

The older Nat Geo documentary that you mentioned is Hero's of the High Frontier. It was on our local PBS station in 98/99. I just happened to catch it and turned on the VCR (video cassette recorder). I try to watch it once or twice a year. It focuses on Dr. Nadkarni's work in the cloud forest. But it also looks at other various canopy researchers/explorers. I think the giant balloon vessel is called the Canopy Sled or Canopy Boat. I should watch this again, soon.

One part that I like in the movie is the segment about a filmmaker that went down to ...I forget the country... and filmed a Harpie (sp?) Eagle nest. He was actually the first person to film the first flight of a Harpie eagle. In the segment they show footage of this guy climbing around the canopy with no protection except for a motorcycle helmet. He accessed the tree with spikes and a lanyard made of wire, and he moved through the branches of the canopy scootin' around on his behind.

If you have the opportunity, watch it.

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Re: Scientist climbs giant redwood

Post by Don » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:13 am

Like Will Smith in "Fourth of July", when I saw the NatGeo 5 page foldout, I thought "...I'm gonna have to get me one of those"! After a search, I found the following URL, which you can get "one of those" in 2,3,4,5 or 6' high posters, either on canvas or gallery paper:

http://gallery.pictopia.com/collections ... 89209/?o=2

Pricey, but hey, if you've got a nice wall space waiting for it...
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