Part of the exciting Wild Asia series as seen on Discovery HD, The Arid Heart is the story of life in Asia's dry grasslands of the Mongolian steppe, the stony Gobi Desert, and the sandy deserts of India. These are places of extremes, where summers are intensely hot and winters are bitterly cold. The animals that live here are tough and resilient–they not only survive, but thrive. Explore the worlds of Przewalski's horses, the only true wild horses in the world; the demoiselle cranes' journey from India across the stony Gobi desert; wild Bactrian camels, who are superbly adapted to the desert; and hairy footed jerboa, who escape the heat of the day by only coming out at night.
Recorded in 1973 but only released the following year, "Desert Places" displays a wild mix of styles and influences, ranging from Jethro Tull (title track Desert Places) to Deep Purple, with a light sprinkling of krautrock "motorik". The musicianship however is never less than highly competent, making this record a highly prized prog rarity. Satin Whale's Desert Places was a fantastic heavy-prog effort, performing a mix of blues, hard rock and slight jazz, tempered by a stunning guitar, killer swirling organ and hard driven bass and drum. All the tracks are extremely energetic and well played. "Seasons of life and Remember" are the highlights of the album. HEAVY KRAUT PROG KILLER !! Fantastic Album !!
Around 150 wild horses—the likely descendants of horses abandoned by German and South African armies at the end of the First World War—live in the Sperrgebiet, 26,000 square kilometres of spectacular desert, grassland and rock land along Namibia’s west coast. This ‘Forbidden Zone’ of ghost towns was closed in 1908 to safeguard the diamonds that could literally be picked up in the sand, and later reopened in 2008 as a national park. Without water the horses should have died in the desert, but an artesian well from colonial times saved them. Now they trek through stunning landscapes between the well and the sparse grazing grounds, shadowed by spotted hyenas scanning for vulnerable foals or weaker older horses. The film follows the horses through one of the harshest years on record. And through it all, the horses show remarkable solidarity. In a heart-rending scene, a mare and stallion abandon—and then return to—their exhausted foal. In the meanwhile, an old horse enjoys a last dust bath with its fellows but can barely struggle to its feet to move on. At last, the rains bring scenes of pure joy as magnificent stallions and mares frolic and splash in their temporary mud baths.