TERRA 451: Cascading Effects PART ONE

Examining the sublime landscapes of North Cascade, Mount Rainier, and Olympic National Parks, researchers shed light on emerging indications that climate change is real and predict how warming temperatures will affect the natural resources and timeless beauty of the region. As glaciers melt and the winter snow-pack decreases, what is the fate of the aquatic ecosystems and cold water fish that depend on runoff during the hottest and driest parts of the year? How will enormous amounts of unstable sediment exposed by retreating ice-sheets on Mount Rainier affect the roads and infrastructure of that park and beyond? Will pine beetle infestations and larger forest fires become widespread in the approaching future?

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Now in its 8th sea­son, TERRA: The Nature of Our World is the pre­em­i­nent sci­ence and nat­ural his­tory pod­cast series that explores the nat­ural con­nec­tions that pro­pel life on Earth. Over­seen by grad­u­ate stu­dents in the MFA in Sci­ence and Nat­ural His­tory Film­mak­ing Pro­gram at Mon­tana State Uni­ver­sity, TERRA dis­trib­utes inde­pen­dently pro­duced sci­ence, nature, and envi­ron­men­tal films. We are proud to bring you these unique sto­ries from around the globe that cel­e­brate the won­ders of the nat­ural world. We invite you to enjoy these vignettes of the peo­ple, places and ani­mals that make up the heart and soul of life on Terra. Since TERRA’s incep­tion, our thought pro­vok­ing films have reached over ten mil­lion view­ers. With each new episode we fea­ture pow­er­ful sto­ry­telling that show­cases the diver­sity of our planet. A heart­felt thanks goes out to the hun­dreds of film­mak­ers who have con­tributed their films to TERRA; with­out their gen­eros­ity, none of this would be pos­si­ble. And per­haps most of all, we thank you for watch­ing and for join­ing the TERRA com­mu­nity. Your feed­back allows us to deliver fresh and inspir­ing content.