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1.

The Joy of Science: Part IV

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"These lucid, information-packed lectures convey the excitement of scientific discovery and trace the connections between discoveries over time. In this course, veteran science educator Robert Hazen renders the most complex ideas simple and memorable, without ever being simplistic"--www.teach12.com.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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Down to Earth [electronic resource]

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Surface conditions of the planets Venus and Mars are compared with those of Earth, and scenes of Earth's living landscapes lead into a discussion of how unique Earth truly is. Major topics addressed in the series, including plate tectonics, natural resources, seismology, and erosion, are introduced in this program.
Online
1992
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The Birth of a Theory [electronic resource]

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Traces the development of plate tectonics, beginning with the contributions and methods of geologist Alfred Wegener. Sea-floor spreading, continental drift, paleomagnetism, and the primordial supercontinent Pangaea are some of the topics covered.
Online
1992
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Plate Dynamics [electronic resource]

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Examines the movement and interaction of tectonic plates, which account for a vast array of geologic formations and phenomena, from California's San Andreas Fault to the Rift Valley of eastern Africa. Topics include convergent boundaries, subduction, hotspots, and the debate over what drives plate motion.
Online
1992
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Mountain Building [electronic resource]

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Destroys the myth of the mountain as a solid, permanent structure. Animations are used to illustrate the process of orogeny (mountain building) through accretion and erosion, as well as the role of plate tectonics, the rock cycle, and how different types of rock are formed in the course of mountain building.
Online
1992
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Earth's Structures [electronic resource]

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A visit to the Grand Canyon lays the foundation for this exploration of rock layers and deformation. Topics include sedimentation, major structures, the methods used to examine them, and how petroleum may be trapped inside rock layers. The program also looks at tectonic force and the different types of stress involved in the formation of geologic structures.
Online
1992
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Earthquakes [electronic resource]

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Showing actual footage of earthquakes and their aftermath, discusses the forces that fuel these massive events. Faults, waves, and the transfer of energy from the epicenter are explained, and histories of the seismograph and Richter scale are presented. The program also describes devices being developed to study and eventually predict earthquakes.
Online
1992
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Volcanism [electronic resource]

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Volcanoes provide clues about what is going on inside Earth. Animations illustrate volcanic processes and how plate boundaries are related to volcanism. Also surveys the various types of eruptions, craters, cones and vents, lava domes, magma, and volcanic rock. The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens serves as one example.
Online
1992
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Intrusive Igneous Rocks [electronic resource]

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Explains that most magma does not extrude onto Earth's surface but cools slowly deep inside Earth. This magma seeps into crevices in existing rock to form intrusive igneous rocks. Experts provide a graphic illustration of this process and explain the types and textures of rocks such as granite, obsidian, and quartz. Once again, plate tectonics is shown to be involved in the process.
Online
1992
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Metamorphic Rocks [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates that the weight of a mountain creates enough pressure to recrystallize rock, thus creating metamorphic rocks. Outlines the recrystallization process and the types of rock it can create, from claystone and slate to schist and garnet-bearing gneiss. The relationship of metamorphic rock to plate tectonics is also covered.
Online
1992
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Wind, Dust and Deserts [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates that land in arid climates is shaped in particular ways. Shows how deserts are defined by infrequent precipitation and how desertification relates to proximity to the equator, proximity to mountains, and ultimately plate tectonics. Images of landscapes illustrate how wind creates features such as dunes, playas, blow-outs, and even oases
Online
1992
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Every Rock Tells a Story [electronic resource]

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Explores the processes that form sedimentary rocks and preserve fossils. Introduces the theory of plate tectonics.
Online
2004
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Journey to the Earth's Interior [electronic resource]

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Examines the internal structure of the Earth and explains how it is possible for entire continents to move across its surface.
Online
2004
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The Engine That Drives the Earth [electronic resource]

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Explains how plates interact at plate margins and how volcanoes work. Tells the story of Hawaii's formation.
Online
2004
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When Continents Collide [electronic resource]

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Explores what happens when continents collide and how this process shapes the surface of the Earth.
Online
2004
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The Making of a Continent

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Shows the traumatic geological events that led to the shaping of the North American continent. Explains that large areas of land have been rafted on the ocean floor to their present positions and could conceivably leave again in the future.
VHS
1983
Ivy (By Request)
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Plate Tectonics: A Revolution in the Earth Sciences

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Discusses the plates of the earth, the sea-floor spreading, the ocean crust, and what happens when the plates collide.
VHS
1983
Ivy (By Request)
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Tectonics [electronic resource]: Processes and Landforms

Filmed in Montserrat, Haiti, Iceland and the Alps, this program provides examples and explanations for the processes, features and landforms that occur at different plate margins. It discusses the very latest developments in plate tectonic theory and explores how this has changed over time. The resource then looks in detail at a range of volcanic processes and landforms. Examples are provided of calderas, fissure eruptions and dome, shield and stratocone/composite volcanoes. It contains footage of different types of lava and illustrations of minor volcanic forms: solfatara, fumaroles and geysers.
Online
2014; 2013
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The Living Machine [electronic resource]: Plate Tectonics

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Explores the theory of plate tectonics, one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century. Visits locations such as the erupting Kilauea volcano and the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to illustrate the concepts of the theory.
Online
1985
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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