Watch 30 Years of National Geographic Specials

National Geographic has for many years presented some of the most stunningly beautiful scenes ever recorded in its documentaries. This special highlights some of the most impressive of them over the last 30 years. Wild animals from snakes to sharks are covered in short segments of the original presentations.

This special is very popular with teachers, students, and nature lovers in general. While viewers will see nothing new, that hardly detracts from the collection's beauty, entertainment, and educational value.

National Geographic
1 Season, 12 Episodes
December 14, 1999
Nature, Documentary & Biography
Cast: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas, Jane Goodall
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30 Years of National Geographic Specials Full Episode Guide

  • After Vladimir Putin announced his intention to return as President and declared his party the winner in parliamentary elections that are widely seen as fraudulent, tens of thousands took to the streets that December in Moscow in the largest protests since Putin came to power. Now, Putin's top colleagues - and the Western statesmen who clashed with him - tell the inside story of one of the world's most powerful men.

  • Quest for the Lost Maya follows American archaeologists George Bey and Bill Ringle and their Mexico colleague Tomas Gallareta Negr³n as they find startling evidence of a forgotten Mayan society in the Yucatan. Buried beneath an ancient pyramid deep in the Yucatan jungle, the team discovers a still more ancient royal palace complex.

  • Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories weaves together in-depth stories from passengers and staff on board as well as Coast Guard rescuers with stunning home video and CGI to reconstruct the sinking of the Costa Concordia as it happened. Working to understand this current headline tragedy more fully, National Geographic uncovers the decisions that cost lives and the heroes who saved them.

  • In the 1990s, a high Himalayan cave in Upper Mustang, Nepal, was discovered that contained 42 ancient people, buried on wooden bunk beds. American archaeologist, Dr. Mark Aldenderfer, believes there must be more burial caves but the challenge is how to find them, deep within cliff faces in the cold and inhospitable environment of the Himalaya. He needs the world's best technical climbers to do the searching.

  • On July 8, 1947 the U.S. Army issued a press statement claiming to have recovered a "flying saucer" on a ranch outside Roswell, New Mexico. But within hours they retracted the statement saying that they had found only the remains of a weather balloon. Sixty years later the debate still rages and Roswell has become the UFO capital of the world. Did the military really recover dead aliens and their spaceship, as some people claim?

  • Around the globe, over 200 million children are engaged in child labor, often, doing the most brutal or degrading of jobs. Girls are especially vulnerable. Even in countries as wealthy as the United States, girls face harsh lives as victims of sex trafficking or as migrant workers.

  • See how this Islamic terrorist network continues to morph, selects and trains militants to blend into Western society, and inspires a global jihadist movement. Meet men who know and have fought with Osama bin Laden and hear their first-hand accounts.

  • National Geographic explores the shadowy world of illicit trade, where dangerous multi-billion dollar criminal networks threaten whole sectors of our global economy. Based on the book, Illicit, by Dr. Mois©s Na­m, Illicit: The Dark Trade travels the globe to expose the dire consequences of this dirty industry: money laundering, political corruption, and the subversion of entire governments.

  • Explore the Hawaiian Islands, fertile for evolution and protected by the immense Pacific Ocean, this isolated tropical haven produced an explosion of wildlife found nowhere else on earth. Once able to flourish, exquisite creatures such as the ancient green sea turtle, the playful monk seal, and the Hawaiian honeycreeper now exist in fragile habitats. Ironically, Hawaii's plants and animals must now rely on man's intervention in order to survive.

  • Witness a man's quest as he risks everything to be the first to fly across the English Channel using a single, jet-propelled wing attached to his back. Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy fired up his homemade jet wing, jumped from a plane and crossed the 23-mile channel at about 118 miles per hour in 12 to 15 minutes. Go behind the scenes with Rossy and hear the incredible story of his quest.

  • Imagine living hundreds of miles from your nearest neighbor or grocery store and having mail delivered by plane a few times each year, and battling the long, harsh winters with temperatures that plummet to -51 degrees Celsius. Such are the living conditions chosen by the hearty few who inhabit America's last frontier: the Alaskan bush. Enter the lives of four families who are fulfilling their dreams of living off the land.

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