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Land Between Two Rivers: Part 2

A Prairie Conversation: Part 2 (#204)

Once considered inexhaustible wasteland, prairies are now known to be rife with plant and animal species. Students learn that the root systems of prairie plants may be as old as some of the stately oaks and other trees cherished by humans. [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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6 episodes
Average Episode Length
40 minutes
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Series Description: LAND BETWEEN TWO RIVERS: PART 2 examines four biomes present in Iowa and challenges students to consider issues surrounding their continued existence. The once expansive biomes are dwindling as development takes over. Biologists and other experts expound on the plant and animal life indigenous to each system and discuss approaches to protecting them.

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  • The Woodlands: It's What You Think (#201)

    Areas of woodlands are identified, and background information is provided on how they were formed. Experts on birds, mammals, and plants indigenous to woodlands talk about various species they have studied and observed. [42 minutes]

  • The Woodlands: It's What You Think: Part 2 (#202)

    The theories of preservation and conservation as approaches to maintaining Iowa's woodlands are introduced. Proponents of each theory state their cases. [27 minutes]

  • A Prairie Conversation (#203)

    The remaining acres of black fertile soil of the tallgrass prairies are insignificant compared to those of the inferior hill prairies of northeastern Iowa and the dry prairies near the Loess Hills along the Missouri River. In light of this, viewers are asked the question, "Is there a point below which it is not worth preserving Iowa's prairies?" [43 minutes]

  • The Wetlands: Enclosed In Change (#205)

    Biologists and other experts discuss the drainage of Iowa's wetlands and how they were formed by glacial activity millions of years ago. An exploration of the cyclical change within marshes is undertaken, and the roles plants, animals and birds play are examined. [43 minutes]

  • Look to the Hills (#206)

    The Loess Hills along the Missouri River corridor contain the largest tracts of undeveloped wilderness and greatest area of original prairie in Iowa. Wildlife is also very abundant there. Experts compare the hills' formation to similar hills found in China. [44 minutes]

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