Life on Fire: Pioneers of the Deep
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Life on Fire: Pioneers of the Deep

Wednesday, February 6 at 10:00 p.m.

In the vast emptiness of the Pacific Ocean, tectonic movements construct or swallow islands.

In the Tongan archipelago, two little-known animals have learned to cope with these ephemeral lands risen from the ocean depths: the sooty tern, a seabird that never dares wet its wings for fear of drowning, and the Alvin shrimp, a blind crustacean that manages to find its way around the abyss. When an underwater volcano becomes an island, the fates of these two extraordinary paradoxes are linked.

Pictured: The eruption of an underwater volcano, Hunga Tonga -- Hunga Ha'apai in the Tongan archipelago.