In the magic of the wilderness – Alaska’s majesty: Denali National Park – 3sat

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In the magic of the wilderness – Alaska’s majesty: Denali National Park

A ZDF team traveled to the spectacular Denali National Park for a year. There they accompanied rangers, researchers and young people who are looking for adventure. Barack Obama got a picture of how climate change is being felt in Denali – what are the challenges for this special park today? The ZDF series asks about the future of the large national parks in Alaska. It takes every viewer’s breath away. Visible from afar, Denali rises almost 6,200 meters out of the Alaska Range. The highest mountain in North America is the namesake for one of the most spectacular national parks in the world. Barack Obama gave the huge summit its original name back: Mount McKinley became Denali again – which means “high” in the language of the Athabaskan Indians. Over 100 years ago, the national park idea was born in America’s west, when a billion people lived on the earth, and the parks invited them to enjoy the beauty of creation. Today, with more than seven billion people on earth, the role of protected areas is also changing. For a year, the filmmakers look behind the scenes at Denali National Park and ask about the future of the great parks. And they meet people who want to preserve nature’s creation for a new millennium and its challenges. Denny Capps, the park’s chief geologist, is worried about global warming. Due to the rising temperatures, the permafrost that covers large parts of the national park is thawing. With dramatic consequences: Park Road, the only road that leads into the national park, has just been buried by a large landslide. Davyd Betchkal leads a unique project in the national park. The physicist wants to protect the sounds of solitude. And he sounds the alarm: Even in the middle of the national park there is more and more “noise pollution”, above all from airplanes and helicopters, as shown by the network of sound recording stations installed throughout the national park. Patricia Owen has a completely different problem. The biologist is the keeper of the grizzly bears around Denali. But their bears keep crossing the park boundaries, putting their lives in danger. Because outside of the park they may be hunted and killed. The grizzly bear is number one of the “Big Five” of the park. Bears, wolves, elks, caribou and Dall sheep romp about in large numbers in the area, which, at around 25,000 square kilometers, is larger than Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The high animal density, the mixture of forests, tundra and glacier areas attract almost 400,000 visitors to the park every year. So does Frank Stelges from Essen, who has been on the trail of the “Big Five” here for several months. The Denali, Alaska’s majesty, continues to hold tremendous appeal, especially for young adventurers. She is also fascinated by the story of millionaire son Christopher McCandless, who searched the wilderness and tragically died in the middle of the park in 1992 and whose fate was immortalized in the Hollywood film “Into the Wild”. Today, many are looking for peace, physical challenge or themselves in the Alaskan wilderness. Far from any civilization, exposed to the weather and the inhospitable landscape, hikers repeatedly put their lives in danger and have to be rescued. The line between happy adventure and catastrophe is extremely narrow in Alaska’s vast expanses. With large images and modern graphics, the film makes the fascination of Denali National Park tangible over the course of a year and takes viewers to places that otherwise remain hidden from visitors. The ZDF series “In the Magic of the Wilderness” is dedicated to the parks’ opportunities for the challenges of our time.

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