Arche De Verre, L'

89 minutes, 1992

A team of eager young scientists take on the unbelievable challenge of creating the first garden museum devoted to Planet Earth. To the din of jackhammers and mechanical cranes, we take a behind-the-scenes look at the Montreal Biodome to share the fervour, the apprehensions and the determination of these builder-creators who, with some naïveté, offer a contemporary version of the legendary Noah's Ark to their fellow citizens. Beyond the skill of the craftsmen, the solidarity of the designers and the enormity of the technical facilities, we are the fortunate witnesses to this incredibly complex odyssey: the development of over 10,000 square metres, the creation of 26 pools and water expanses, a plantation with 2,600 species of plants, acclimatation of 4,600 animals, etc. Thanks to the clear and often humorous commentary from the biologists and botanists guiding us, we make our way through the maze of natural laws governing the equilibrium of each of the four ecosystems reproduced.

Source: Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)

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