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NOVA; Avalanche


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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

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NOVA tells the story of the men and women who live -- and die -- in avalanche country. When the snows bury the Rockies, avalanche control -- including explosives, howitzers and recoilless rifles -- is used to coax the snow downhill before it slides on its own. But death tolls are rising as an increasing number of skiers and snowmobilers head into the back country. The stories of those who have survived being buried alive prove that avalanches are unpredictable. Can Americans learn something from Switzerland, where the study of snow science has a long history and an elite corps combats this natural phenomenon with precision and efficiency?

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