National Geographic - Megacities

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National Geographic - Megacities

Post by eazbak » Wed May 17, 2006 6:24 pm


Megacities Week takes a revolutionary look at the places where most of us live: the modern metropolis. The key to a city's survival is its vital organs - power grids, transportation systems, water supplies, air traffic control and countless others. Behind each system that we take for granted lies the huge infrastructure of a mega city. Visit eight iconic cities around the world: Las Vegas, Mexico City, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Mumbai and New York.

How do the world's major cities keep functioning? While planes usually require a two-minute gap between departures, at Heathrow, the world's busiest airspace, this margin has been reduced to 45 seconds. Watch how air traffic controllers manage this unique and highly regimented flight pattern. Also see how traffic on the streets and on the Thames is regulated.

New York
In a city where 75 percent of the people don't have a car, the New York subway offers the best transit system in America. Follow the emergency management response team as they plot rescues, escapes and re-routing on the system, in order to ensure the safety of both the riders and workers of the subway. The threats range from breakdowns to flooding to terrorism.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated urban regions on the planet. In the recent past it has been rocked by economic and financial upheaval. It now has the most high-tech, counterfeit-proof currency in the world, as well as some of the most complex bank building structures. An immense technological feat.

Constructed in the nineteenth century, the sewers of Paris extend 2300 kilometres - the distance from Paris to Istanbul. Follow Phillipe Bussignies and his team as they lay out thousands of miles of fibre-optic cables through the sewer tunnels using a Cable Laying Robot. Paris plans to become the world's first fully-connected wireless city.

Public transportation is Mumbai's lifeline. The trains were built for 1700 passengers, but in this mega city, they carry three times that number. And the crowding will only get worse. Look at Mumbai's large scale lunch delivery known as the dabbahwallah system, which is recognised as one of the best managed supply chains in the world. Forbes magazine awarded the system its highest rating.

Mexico City
To Mother Nature, Mexico City is one big target. On one side: one of the world's most earthquake-prone hotspots. On the other: one of the world's most active volcanoes. And beneath their feet - a shaky foundation of landfill. From subways to freeways, this episode examines how Mexico City is harnessing cutting-edge technology to build in safety.

Sao Paulo
More than 10 million people live in Sao Paulo and every day, they generate 14,000 tons of garbage. But Sao Paulo is undergoing a green revolution. Follow one aluminum can from the time it is picked up by one of the catadores (trash-pickers, who make their living from collecting recyclables) through pressing, melting, and re-melting, to the moment it is ready to become a new can.

Las Vegas
What keeps this gambling city aglitter? The Las Vegas power grid is a network of six power plants fuelled by nearly every source of energy: hydro-electric, coal and natural gas. From Harley-riding linemen to the no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is Mayor Oscar Goodman... and from livewire helicopter workers to a quirky couple living 'off-the-grid', see how Las Vegas maintains its sparkle.

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Video Codec: DivX
Video Bitrate: average 1946 KB/s each
Video Resolution: 640x368
Video Aspect Ratio: (1.74:1)
Audio Codec: MP3
Audio BitRate: 128 kb/s (64/ch, stereo) CBR
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: English
RunTime Per Part: 00:47:00
Number Of Parts: 8
Part Size: 700 MB
Subtitles: TV Capture - No subtitles

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National.Geographic.Megacities.S01E05.Mumbai.DVB.DivX.MVGroup.avi  [701.02 Mb]
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National.Geographic.Megacities.S01E07.SaoPaulo.DVB.DivX.MVGroup.avi  [700.41 Mb]
National.Geographic.Megacities.S01E08.LasVegas.DVB.DivX.MVGroup.avi  [698.72 Mb]

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Post by keoss » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:35 pm

thanks so much, defenitly worht watching.

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Post by voetsak » Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:36 am

Many thanks..this is an excellent post :)

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Re: National Geographic - Megacities

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