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    80 million year old clues challenge modern day dinosaur detectives who search the badlands of Argentina’s Northern Patagonia region in their attempt to solve ancient mysteries.

    Segments include interviews with paleontologists, biologists and geologists as they discover a major Sauropod nesting site with fossilized eggs and shells proving that these huge dinosaurs were actually hatched from eggs.

    Other discoveries include

        Active dinosaur digs
        Uncovering fossilized dinosaur tracks along the shoreline of a small lake near El Chacon,
        and fossilized skeleton remains found in the region of La Buitrera, of what is believed to be the largest creature to walk the earth.

     

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    The Golden Triangle of India actually covers three of the most beautiful and captivating cities of the country: Delhi (the capital of India), Agra (the city of Taj) and Jaipur (the desert land of Rajput kings).

    India’s Taj Mahal is an admired masterpiece that combines elements of Indian, Islamic, Persian and Turkish design and style into one of the world’s seven wonders. It was built as a result of “love at first sight” along the banks of the River Yamunaby by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his dear wife and queen Mumtaz Mahal at Agra, India. The purity of the white marble, exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make the Taj Mahal a beautiful structure with the love story behind this outstanding monument giving it life. Agra Fort, built in 1565, has a lovely view of “the Taj” and is made up entirely of red sandstone.

     The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, situated near Agra, was constructed by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1584 and is considered to be amongst the most majestic cities of the Mughal Empire.All three treasures are considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Jaipur is the vibrant capital of Rajasthan and is known as the “Pink City”. In the afternoons kites fly from most rooftops and in the morning, young kite enthusiasts visit the marketplace to resupply their hobby. 15th century Mehrangarh Fort stands sentinel to the city of Jodhpur below and houses a palace intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows exquisitely wrought from red sandstone. Nearby Jaswant Thada is the cremation ground of former rulers with distinctive memorials in white marble which commemorate Jaswant Singh II and successive rulers of Marwar. In Jodhpur, the Clock Tower Bazaar has a network of narrow lanes where vendors sell everything from exotic spices, fruit and vegetables to exquisite Rajashani textiles and handicrafts. The Indian railway is the world’s largest employer with over 1,600,000 regular employees covering over 24,000 miles of railroad track serving in excess of 17,000,000 passengers a year. In the capital city of Delhi, encounter the ancient city walls, Ghandi’s crematorium and the largest mosque in the city, Jama Majid, built in 1650 by Shah Jahan who also created the Taj Mahal. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India is said to be the most holy city in Hinduism. It is considered by many to be the most sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus irrespective of denomination. Along the banks of the Ganges River, pilgrims from distant lands have come to Varanasi in search of divine blessings. Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon at nearby Sarnath in 450 BC."

    Discover the enchanting sights and sounds of India ... with ADN Discovery Series DVD ... Armchair Traveler

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    Ohio is the Midwest’s eastern gateway, a vast land originally controlled by the Iroquois Indians. An important rail link, Ohio is bordered by the Allegheny Mountains to the east and the farmlands of the Great Plains to the west. A century ago, Ohio’s most famous residents, Orville and Wilber Wright, were two bicycle mechanics who ended up leaving their mark in aviation. Their shop in Dayton is now preserved by the National Park Service. In another nod to the history of flight, the United States Air Force Museum is just outside of the city.

      In Columbus, the state’s capital, artisans display their works at a summer arts and crafts fair while the farmer’s market in Worthington is full of produce from the area’s rich farmland. In Dresden… the world’s largest basket, which is coincidentally near the Longaberger Basket Company, a remarkable success story. Their handmade baskets are sold directly to the consumer. They’re not available in stores. The factory is an incredible 20 acres in size, with more than 6000 artisans working under one roof; a fine example that “made in America” can compete on the world market. Painted barns are another facet of life in rural Ohio. Although advertising on them went out of style in the late 60s, there is still plenty of paint being applied. Scott Hagan, a local barn artist, stays busy painting everything from the state’s logo to old-fashioned quilt patterns on the sides of the old barns.

        Another Ohio artist, Chris Helm, is one of the world’s foremost fly tying experts. He creates flies that are almost too good to fish with. One of his creations takes more than five hours to complete and sells for more than one hundred dollars. In the rolling hills of central Ohio…the largest population of Amish people in the world. From farming to fine woodworking, they’re a rich part of the regional culture. Originally catering to the Amish population, Lehmans is a remarkable store. From butter churns to oil lamps, all of their products are modern day descendants of the original items that anyone could have purchased around the turn of the century. Football is huge in Ohio. In Canton, the Professional Football Hall of Fame is a monument and a museum, a facility with an inspired collection of memorabilia charting the growth of the game over the years and enshrining its greatest players. In Ada, the Wilson Sporting Goods Company has manufactured a variety of balls for different sports over the years, but their leather footballs are what they are best known for. The All American Soapbox Derby is headquartered in Akron. The annual finals race draws thousands of competitors from across the country, kids of all ages who come to compete in an American tradition. Their museum has a collection of winner’s cars going back to the beginning of the races in the 30s. Up north on the shore of Lake Erie, Cedar Point, one of the largest amusement parks in the world with a number of record setting roller coasters.

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