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TV A series that explores major cities across the world

S trip The City uses stunning CGI animation to strip major cities naked of their steel, concrete, buildings, roads, rivers and bedrocks — layer by layer — to explore the secret technology and infrastructure that keeps them running. What stops Dubai super tall skyscrapers — balanced on unstable sand — from toppling over? How can San Francisco survive sitting on the edge of a major earthquake fault? And how did the ancient Romans build the city of a million people without modern technology?

This series explores these and other mysteries by peeling the glass off buildings, rolling back the tarmac on roads and sucking the water out of rivers to expose the hidden infrastructure beneath six major cities — London, Rome, Dubai, Sydney, Toronto and San Francisco.

Watch Strip The City on Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery channel.

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