New season of Atlas starts on Discovery HD

Discovery Atlas, a documentary television series which focuses on the cultural, sociological, and natural aspects of various countries by exploring their different peoples, traditions, and lands makes a return to Discovery HD this weekend.

Discovery HD will air three new episodes this season beginning Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. ET with Atlas: “Egypt,” a journey into the land of pyramids, pharaohs and the river Nile.

The following week, Atlas: “South Africa” transports viewers through millions of years of evolving geography and climate – past, present and future – where bushmen battle to keep their traditional way of life. In the final week, the show travels to Russia.

Highlights from the new episodes of Atlas include:

Atlas: “Egypt”

This episode follows the lives of six individuals throughout Egypt. Stories include a 17-year-old bread delivery boy in Cairo; a Bedouin herbal healer in Sinai, hoping to pass on his secrets to a new generation before he dies; a man who left his Cairo home to become a Coptic Christian monk; and the conservative lifestyle of women in the oasis town of Siwa in contrast to a successful businesswoman and founder of a women’s magazine in Cairo.

Airs Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Atlas: “South Africa”

Explore the lives of several individuals and how they contribute in their own way to the new South Africa after years of internal struggle. Meet a young Zulu schoolgirl and her teacher; a man working thousands of metres underground in the world’s deepest gold mine; a zoologist and her team working to preserve South Africa’s unique wildlife; the Khoisan bushmen battling to keep their traditional way of life; a young black woman in a leadership role in the South African Army; and an ambulance driver in Johannesburg, one of the world’s most violent cities.

Airs Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Atlas: “Russia”

This episode focuses on how the people of the new Russia are once again embracing their past after the fall of the Soviet Union. Atlas: “Russia” follows the lives of nomadic reindeer herders in Siberia; a family of carpet-makers in the Caucasus Mountains; a fashion magazine executive in Moscow; a volcanologist in the Kamchatka Peninsula; and a 17-year-old aspiring circus performer in Kazan. Breathtaking scenery from around Russia, including Lake Baikal and St. Petersburg during summer twilight is also featured in this episode.

Airs Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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