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Alaska's Black Gold [electronic resource]

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-also known as ANWR or the "Alaskan Serengeti"-is a vast wilderness near the top of the world. From here, thousands of caribou begin a pilgrimage to the ocean every summer, and for that reason alone the place is a national treasure. This program examines another treasure hidden beneath ANWR's coastal plain: oil. Since oil virtually runs the planet and is used in everything from plastic toys and rubber tires to the gas in our cars and the clothes we wear, supply cannot keep up with demand, and the world thirsts for new oil sources. ANWR is high on the list of places to drill. But at what cost do we satisfy our desire for energy?
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51 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 04, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (2:17)
  • Technology and Oil Recovery (3:26)
  • Oil Exploration in Alaska (2:50)
  • Alaska Pipeline (2:44)
  • Oil Discovery at Prudhoe Bay (3:25)
  • Alaska's North Slope (2:37)
  • Oil Mishaps (3:01)
  • Ancient Origins of Oil (4:01)
  • Technology to Thin Underground Oil (2:58)
  • Oil Exploration in Gulf of Mexico (4:11)
  • High Costs and Low Oil Production (2:42)
  • Global Warming and Melting Ice (2:30)
  • Warming of Frozen Tundra (2:44)
  • Global Oil Requirements (3:13)
  • ANWR's Oil Resources (5:32)
  • Credits: Alaska's Black Gold (0:15)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2007.
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40730 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (51 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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