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NOVA; Everest: The Death Zone

12/31/1997

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Series
NOVA
Program
Everest: The Death Zone
Program Number

2506

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

NOVA treks with a group of Himalayan climbers in their quest to reach the summit of Mount Everest, along the way exploring, in never-before-conducted tests, how extremes of weather and altitude affect the human mind and body. Why do some people succumb so quickly to the ills caused by high altitude while others do not? Does exposure to extreme hypoxia -- lack of oxygen -- take a lasting toll on the mind and body? Images of the brain scanned before and after the expedition may reveal truths about the physical traumas suffered in an oxygen - depleted environment and give new insight into why the tallest mountain in the world has claimed so many victims.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Everest: The Death Zone,” 12/31/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 3, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_325F5B9FEF904F3CAFF96A006D61BC88.
MLA: “NOVA; Everest: The Death Zone.” 12/31/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 3, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_325F5B9FEF904F3CAFF96A006D61BC88>.
APA: NOVA; Everest: The Death Zone. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_325F5B9FEF904F3CAFF96A006D61BC88
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