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Nova: Orchid Hunter

This Web site complements the recently aired NOVA documentary Orchid Hunter, which follows orchid enthusiast Tom Hart Dyke on his mission find previously undescribed orchid species in one of the most politically unstable parts of Irian Jaya. In chronicling Tom's (mis)adventures, the program explores this "all-consuming passion that for some people seems to be more precious than life itself." This Web site offers a stunning Orchid Gallery, containing a sample of the amazing diversity of orchid species. Another feature of the Web site - A Plant with Smarts - includes an article and video clip in which Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, reflects on the orchid's "clever and unplantlike determination to survive."
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