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State of the Planet

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Deforestation, global warming, depletion of aquifers, rising sea levels, and mass extinctions--how much longer can Earth compensate for these damaging forces? In this timely three-part series, David Attenborough and some of the world's leading experts on environmental matters consider probably the most important issue of the 21st century: the future of life on this planet.
VHS
2001; 2000
Ivy (By Request)
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The Restless Planet [electronic resource]

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Reveals that early Greek astronomers believed that Earth was the center of the universe but this notion changed dramatically over time, especially after the invention of the telescope. Traces the development of astronomical theory with discussions of the discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton. Unique characteristics of Earth are also discussed.
Online
1992
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Earth's Interior [electronic resource]

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Introduces the topic of geophysics, exploring methods of studying what lies beneath Earth's surface. Geophysicists use seismic wave studies, variations in temperature, magnetic fields, gravity, and computer simulations to create models of deep structures.
Online
1992
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The Climate Puzzle [electronic resource]

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Explores the science of climatology and what the past ice age discloses about past and future climatic conditions. Investigates a primitive organism in Antarctica and what ancient ruins inform scientists about past climates. Discusses how scientist study sea cores, Antarctic ice and glaciers. Addresses the increase of carbon dioxide and uses Venus and Mars to demonstrate how changes in it can affect climate. Warns how increased warming can affect sea level, and how the destruction of forests have created an explotion of termites who in turn are contibuting to global warming by releasing methane in the atmosphere.
Online
1986
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The Blue Planet [electronic resource]

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Presents new revelations about the oceans, the last unexplored frontier on earth, from space by scientists aboard the space shuttle and by scientists diving to the depths of the middle ocean to examine rare life forms. Covers cycles of weather, aquatic weather, the Gulf Stream, concentrations of plankton and coral reefs. Introduces technological innovations that are used in studying the ocean and its creatures.
Online
1986
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Tales From Other Worlds [electronic resource]

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Investigates the importance of meteors in the Earth's ancient history. Examines the meteor sites in Antarctica and Arizona to show how bodies from space affected the earth's surface. Travels to Venus to explore why it is so hot and compares it to an early earth. Visits Mars and discusses the probability of life on that planet. Shows volcanic activity on Jupiter and the far reaching cloud of comets. Presents the asteroid theory as the cause of dinosaurs' extinction.
Online
1986
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Gifts From the Earth [electronic resource]

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Explains how the theory of plate tectonics has revolutionized the search for the earth's mineral and energy sources. Examines the formation of mineral deposits, their interest and importance to humanity, and the methods by which they are extracted from the earth. Explores black smokers (hot springs), soil and food, the formation of fossil fuels and oil production. Questions how long the earth's resources will last.
Online
1986
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Fate of the Earth [electronic resource]

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Explores the delicate balance of the Earth's ecology and humankind's capacity for the destruction of life. Looks at the natural forces that created the universe from the ocean's depths to the distant boundaries of the solar system. Features interviews with scientists, biologists, and ecologists who study the biology of life and discuss the newfound concern for the preservation of the planet. Examines the environmental and human impact on the Earth's ecology, including the greenhouse effect, pollution, dwindling rain forests, and the possibility of nuclear warfare.
Online
1986