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NOVA; Lost City of Arabia


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Lost City of Arabia
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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

This program transports viewers to the shifting sands of the Arabian desert, on a quest for the fabled lost city of Ubar. Featured in "Arabian Nights," this ancient caravan stop eluded explorers for many centuries, until data from the space shuttle helped pin it down.



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