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"Wild Alaska" on BBC Earth

 Photo Credit: BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

Part of the most modern nation on Earth, Alaska is a unique wilderness marked by extremes. This series offers a beautiful insight into life in this untamed land.

Alaska - a land shaped by ice-sheets and glaciers, dotted with huge rivers and lakes. Its northerly position, up on the Arctic Circle, means winters can be bitterly cold, while in summer, the size and shape of the land brings heat waves.

This is a tough landscape. The human population density is lower than Siberia and animals have had to adapt to the most extreme seasonal variation on Earth. Yet despite the hardships it is home to a phenomenal range of wildlife.

This series explores spring, summer and winter in this extreme wilderness and discovers the unique species that have learnt to thrive in these harsh conditions.

Stories include a mother sea otter trying to get her vulnerable baby through the early, chilly days of spring, grizzly bears rushing to feed in the short summer and finding ingenious ways to fatten up, and young polar bears taking tentative steps on ‘bouncy ice’ as the freeze begins and puts them back in their element.

The series also visits the small human communities that are dotted through the land and discovers how they interact with their unusual environment.

BBC Earth is on Starhub Channel 407.