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Each Tree Is Its Own Adventure: Climbing giant sequoias for science

Among the planet's longest-living organisms—3,000+ years and growing—giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) can seem pretty indestructible. They're thought to be mostly disease, fire, and drought resistant thanks ...

Why the Giant Sequoia Needs Fire to Grow

Giant sequoias, the planet's largest trees and among the oldest living things on Earth—many of the largest are over 3,000 years old—depend on fire to help them reproduce. Learn how a destructive force is necessary for...

Demolishing an old hut to plant cassava and yams

Cassava are tuberous roots from a shrub. Yams are edible bulbs that grow both above and below the ground. They're both staple foods (despite the cassava containing some cyanide), and at Primitive Technology's 10 year ...

Hawaii – The Pace of Formation

The Kilauea Volcano's continued flow of lava into the ocean is one of the few places in the world to provide a front row seat of an island's formation. The Big Island is literally changing before your eyes. This vast ...

Building a ‘bed shed’ sleeping shelter – Primitive Technology

Bundles of long dry grasses thatch the roof of this elevated sleeping shelter. The bed itself is woven from lawyer cane and covered with a woven bark mat. It's all held up with wooden posts tied with vines. Primitiv...

Making Lime Bast Rope

Lime bast fibre is a strong and flexible inner bark that has been used to make clothing and other textiles. In Norway, lime bast fibre is also used to make rope. Filmmaker Silje Ensby captured how Norwegians have been...

Biotop, an animation about declining tiger populations

Inspired by Tx2, a World Wildlife Fund action to double the wild tiger population by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger, design student Jola Bańkowska created this one minute animation about habitat loss: Biotop...

Flying Dragons Of The Jungle

How does a Draco lizard find a good tree for eating ants and termites when there's already a territorial Draco lizard in the trees that he's finding? He can either fight the resident owner or he can escape to another ...

A pygmy three-toed sloth swims & snow leopards send messages

From the BBC's new Planet Earth II series with Sir David Attenborough, two unique clips of solitary animals: On Panama's Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a pygmy three-toed sloth swims to find a mate in the mangrove trees. ...

MTJP | Redwood – More Than Just Parks

Travel to Northern California's Redwood National and State Parks to in this 4K video from More Than Just Parks: MTJP | Redwood. MTJP's mission is to help foster greater awareness and appreciation of the United States'...

Shrimp Traps & Sweet Potatoes: Food with Primitive Technology

How do you grow or catch dinner in the forest with none of the modern day conveniences that we're used to? In this episode of Primitive Technology, shrimp are caught with freshly woven funnel baskets made with lawyer ...

The Double-Crossing Ants to Whom Friendship Means Nothing

In the Tambopata National Reserve, located in the Peruvian Amazon, big-headed ants are 'hired' as bodyguards by young Inga trees who want to grow tall enough to reach the rainforest canopy. The rainforest is espec...

The art of Japanese marquetry

Crafted with different colors of wood arranged in intricate patterns, Yosegi Zaiku or Japanese marquetry is a style of object decoration that's practiced in Hakone, a town near Mount Fuji. No wood staining is used to ...

The autumal patchwork of Quebec’s forest colors

Walk among the autumnal trees, and fly high above them by drone, in this video from traveling filmmakers Un Cercle. The footage was taken in Quebec, Canada's Parc Régional Des Sept Chutes, around 130km (80 miles) nort...

Why are there so many types of apples?

Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, SweeTango, SnapDragon, Golden Delicious, Cosmic Crisp... there are over 7,500 known cultivars—varieties produced by selectively breeding desirable characteristics—of the apple. How are there that...

Barrel Tiled Shed & Tiled Roof Hut – Primitive Technology

How do you create a fire and rain proof work shed when you only have what's available to you in an Australian forest? Primitive Technology takes on the challenge in this Barrel Tiled Shed video. Some details from his ...

How to build a grass hut – Primitive Technology

TIL: Grass huts require a lot of grass... about five days worth of collected guinea grass seems to work particularly well. From Primitive Technology, this is how to build a grass hut in about seven days: The design...

Petrified Forest National Park & how petrified wood is made

Fallen coniferous trees from 211-218 million years ago can be found scattered across the desert of eastern Arizona in the form of petrified wood. Made primarily from quartz, these geological wonders are actually fossi...

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