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This videotape serves as an introduction to the use of isotopes in the earth sciences for students in courses in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, and physics.
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Triumph of Life: Vol. 1 the Four Billion Year War [electronic resource]

In a battle for survival that lasts 4 billion years, the odds against any one species are incredibly long. And yet, life on the planet is overwhelmingly rich and diverse. Exploring this paradox, this program takes a penetrating look at the process of evolution and the basic force behind it - genes.
2005; 2001

Triumph of Life: Vol. 6 the Survivors [electronic resource]

Approximately 65 million years ago, a comet's collision with Earth ended the age of the dinosaur through no fault of the animals' gene machines. But with extinction comes new life, as survivors evolve to seize the territory left vacant by the vanquished. This concluding episode explores the factors that make winners and losers in the game of life, and poses the question: who will triumph in the long run?
2005; 2001

Selection in Action [electronic resource]: Natural Selection

This program provides arguments in favor of continental drift and the one-time existence of a supercontinent, shows how isolation can give rise to different species and how species develop in response to their environments, and explains clines and suggests the reason for their existence. After viewing the program, students should understand the significance of the continental drift theory, the purpose of studying inherited variation in isolated populations, and the conclusions about an isolated environment in a species' ancestry that can be drawn from the presence or absence of variation.
2005; 1981

The Wollemi Pine [electronic resource]: Tree From the Age of Dinosaurs

This Science Screen Report studies the Wollemi Pine, its 100-million-year history, and the methods used to protect and sustain it. Describing the tree's physical characteristics, its unusual way of propagating, and the medically valuable fungi that grow on its leaves and stems, the program explains how this living organism closely resembles fossils of long-extinct species, and how seed gathering, forest management, and other procedures can help ensure the Wollemi's survival. Biology students will find valuable information on tree ring studies, DNA research, and seedling distribution in the program.
2006; 2000

Deep Earth [electronic resource]

Throughout history, human settlements and societies have been strangely drawn to fault lines, those mysterious places where the Earth's crust reveals its tenuous nature, and to other areas that connect the surface of the planet with its deep interior. This program explores the significance of caves and other geological formations in the development of civilization. Viewers enter a spectacular crystal cave in Mexico, drop down a hole in the Iranian desert, and crawl through seven-thousand-year-old tunnels in Israel. The film shows how these portals into the nether regions have not only provided refuge and posed cathartic danger, but also given access to important resources.
2011; 2010

Human Planet [electronic resource]

Earth, water, wind, and fire according to tradition, these four pieces make up the complex puzzle of our world. In the spirit of that tradition, is there a fifth component, one so close and disturbingly powerful that we choose to overlook it? This program reverses the concept that nature shapes human destiny and instead focuses on the impact our species has had, and will continue to have, on the Earth's geological cycles. Perhaps surprisingly, the effects of human activity are not completely negative, even though today our footprint is bigger than ever and has the potential to do extreme, even irrevocable harm. The question viewers are left with is this-how will be use our influence over nature, now that we know its extent?
2011; 2010

Water [electronic resource]

Filmed in magnificent locations in Iceland, India, and the Middle East, this program looks at how control over water has been a central factor in human existence. Viewers take a precarious flight in a motorized paraglider to experience the water cycle up close; discover how villagers in the Himalayan foothills have built a living bridge to cope with the monsoon; and visit Egypt to study the connection between water and the regimes of the ancient Pharaohs. The result: an excellent launch point for discussing not only the undeniable role of water in any society, but also the fate of a culture that no longer has sustainable access to water sources.

Wind [electronic resource]

Often thought of as nature at its most elusive and chaotic, the wind is actually a function of highly regimented patterns-forces within the Earth's atmosphere that have shaped the destiny of continents and lie at the heart of some of the greatest turning points in human history. This program travels to stunning locations in the Sahara desert, on the coast of West Africa, and among the currents of the South Pacific to show how people have exploited the power of the wind for thousands of years. In the process, the film sets sail on one of the fastest racing boats ever built as it explores our turbulent relationship with nature's invisible, unstoppable invader.

Fire [electronic resource]

Beginning with a mind-boggling stunt that only science or spirituality can justify-a veritable walk through fire-this program examines humankind's long, complicated relationship with the ravenous power of combustion. Fire was, for millennia, humanity's principal source of heat and energy, and viewers learn the implications of that fact in scenes of Britain's industrial revolution as well as China's past development challenges. Along the way, the film dives into a mysterious lake in Oregon, ventures through an extraordinary cave in Iran, climbs a glacier of salt, and presents the therapeutic potential of a bath in crude oil.

How to Build a Dinosaur [electronic resource]

Reconstructing a dinosaur skeleton for a museum is a balance of art and science - enough science to keep the experts happy, enough artistic license to excite the visitors. But as it turns out, diplomacy is part of the balance as well. In this program, bioarchaeologist Alice Roberts goes to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to follow the creation of its 2011 dinosaur exhibit, from the raw bones to the final colossal models.

Dino Autopsy [electronic resource]

Nearly everything we know of dinosaurs comes from bones and teeth-usually the only body parts durable enough to fossilize. This program highlights the scientific rewards resulting from a 1999 discovery of a virtually intact dinosaur mummy. Viewers will learn about the conditions that preserved the 67-million-year-old hadrosaur specimen as well as exciting details of what the creature looked like, how it moved, and more. The paleontologists involved explain why they believe this could be one of the most important dinosaur discoveries of all time.
2010; 2007

Dinosaurs [electronic resource]: On the Trail of Prehistory

A sensational discovery is made in a German quarry: petrified tracks created by troodontidae, a beast of great interest to scientists but about which little is known. Paleontologists around the world are excited by the find, but how much data can they glean from a footprint? This program follows a research team as it reconstructs the lives of the feathered dino-birds, piecing together clues from Chinese fossils, computerized motion studies, and from the site itself - where they must contend with curious sightseers and the gruff quarry owner. The video uses CGI sequences of dinosaurs running, hopping, screeching, eating, and fighting to bring the prehistoric world back to life.

The Evidence for Evolution [electronic resource]

Distinguished evolutionary biologists among the auditors of the foregoing lectures take on not only Luther Sutherland
2010; 1992

The Evolution of Human Purpose [electronic resource]

All other life forms except humans exist to propagate themselves and pass on their genes; humans alone work to other ends. In this lecture, Richard Dawkins distinguishes between the result of eons of natural selection which has resulted in, say, a bird's tail, whose purpose is to enable the bird to fly-purpose with a survival value-and deliberate design, like an airplane's tail. Dawkins shows the relationship between the two in explaining the evolution of human purpose.
2010; 1992

The Origins of Darwin's Theory [electronic resource]

Sir Andrew Huxley-grandson of Darwin's great defender, Thomas Huxley-describes Darwin's motivations, discoveries, and search for a logical theory to explain his observations of both geological and biological evidence in South America, focusing on Darwin's importance as the first to present strong, scientific evidence for descent with modification and to posit a plausible mechanism for its occurrence, namely natural selection.
2008; 1992

The Record of the Rocks [electronic resource]

This program shows the process of sedimentation, which has preserved those life forms extant at the time the rock was formed and-most strikingly where the Colorado River has cut through the Grand Canyon-exposes a veritable history of life on earth; presents the stratified evidence that simple organisms populated the earth first, followed by increasingly complex forms; demonstrates modern techniques for dating rock samples; and explains why fossils provide important evidence of the theory of evolution. After viewing the program, students should understand the mechanisms that made possible the Colorado River rock record, where the oldest and youngest rocks are and why, how the absolute age of rocks is determined, and the nature and extent of the record provided by rocks.
2008; 1988

Water Babies [electronic resource]

Did the ancestors of the human race go through a crucial semi-aquatic phase? This balanced program examines the latest evidence that water played a major role in human evolution and assesses how it stands up to the traditional Savanna Theory proposed by Darwin. Preeminent critics and adherents of the Aquatic Ape Theory discuss such key points as humans' unique diving reflex and voluntary breath control; the connection between brain development and long-chain fatty acids found in marine foods; links with schizophrenia research; and the fossil record.
2006; 2001

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin [electronic resource]: Wings of Spirit

He was a philosopher, paleontologist, Jesuit priest-and far more than the sum of these disparate labels. Illuminating the life and work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, this program examines his origins, his difficulties with Catholic orthodoxy, and his legacy as a major contributor to the "living Earth" theory. Interviewing scientists and religious leaders influenced by Teilhard, the program describes his anthropological achievements and explains concepts he invented-such as the noosphere and the Omega point-that helped to establish the Gaia hypothesis and similar worldviews. The result is an engaging portrait of a visionary whose ideas remain relevant in today's debate over intelligent design.
2006; 2005

Man of the Glaciers [electronic resource]: Antarctic Researcher Claude Lorius

Much of our understanding of climate change and the precarious state of the Earth's polar ice is due to the work of French glaciologist Claude Lorius. This program documents several of his missions to Antarctica and his primary innovation: heavy-hydrogen analysis of drilled ice core samples. Detailed interviews with Lorius and with several of his colleagues are interwoven with astonishing, rarely seen archival footage-steeping viewers in the lore and scientific findings of the 1957 Charcot mission, the long-range 1959 expedition headed by Frans Guus van der Hoeven, the challenges of drilling at Dome C, and Lorius' dogged collaboration with Soviet scientists at the height of the Cold War.
2009; 2008