Geology Programs


DVD7 GEOLOGY OF CAVES & CAVERNS - 34 Minutes + FOSSIL TUNNELS - 4 Minutes Purchased w/ AFMS Funds

DVD10  GEOLOGY-WHY BOTHER? - 26 min.  See why geology isn'tabout things that happened millionsof years ago.  Its events going ion around us every day.

DVD17, LIVING ROCK – 57 min Earth’s geology with number of concepts. In segments For separate showings.

DVD19, OUR ROOTS IN ROCKS – 51 mins “Black Giant”, Geology & history of E Texas oil; “Reef Madness”, Exploing Permian reef in W Texas & SE New Mexico includes Carlsbad Caverns,  “Delta Blues”, Mississippi Delta sediments Shape region & effect lives dependent on delta bounty.

DVD21  OKLAHOMA ROCKS - 58 min.  Learn state's geology and rocks via museums, parks and tourist attractions.

DVD43  GREAT LAKES:  ANCIENT SINKHOLES  Great graphics illustrate how now hidden sinkholes developed when lake levels were much lower.

DVD49  WHAT'S BENEATH AMERICA  How geology shaped - and continues to change our continent not only in dramatic events but also among invisibly every day.

DVD52  ARCHES NATIONAL PARK  "Red Rock Country" in Utah.

DVD64-67  HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE.  Season One, 4 Disc Set by A&E/History Channel (13 segments)

VHS14.  THE EARTH HAS A HISTORY (geology) --  20 minutes  by Geological Society of America   (1989)   Rated: Good to V Good   Natural landforms in the colorful Flatirons area near Boulder, Colorado illustrate the basic principles of geology in an easy to understand manner.  Suitable for junior high to adults.

VHS31. THE GREAT FLOODS: Cataclysms Of The Ice Age  - 14 min. by Washington State Univ & others   Rated:  short but Excellent  The world's largest dry waterfall, empty river canyons, and other landforms in semi-arid areas of Oregon and Washington are explained when a much wider area is considered. (“Smithsonian”, article included.)  

VHS41.  THE FIRE BELOW US - Remembering Mt. St. Helens"   (Wash.) National Geographic -- 68 minutes Rated: Long but Good

VHS47.  GEMS & GEOLOGY (Idaho) -- 30 minutes from “Outdoor Idaho” Series   Rated: Excellent   A brief overview of Idaho's geology, with info about star garnets (Idaho's state gem), Bruneau jasper, aquamarine, opal and gold. Basic lapidary processes are also demonstrated.

VHS55.  STORY OF AMERICA’S GREAT VOLCANOES -  62 minutes  produced by Questar Video  Rated:  Long* but Excellent  Mount St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Crater Lake, Mt. Lassen, Mauna Loa, Haleakala, Sunset Crater, Yellowstone National Park -- each is different geologically and historically.   *segments can be chosen fit time available. 

VHS60.  VOLCANOES OF THE DEEP --  60 minutes a NOVA program from PBS   Rated:  Long but Excellent  “Do deep sea volcanoes hold the secret to the beginnings of life on earth?”  This dark, harsh environment seems inhospitable to us, yet it teems with life nourished by these “black smokers”.   

VHS61.  DEADLY SHADOW OF VESUVIUS  (volcano) - 60 minutes a NOVA program from PBS  Rated:  Long but Excellent  See how scientists work to predict when Vesuvius will go from dormant to destroyer; witness the deadly force of volcanoes and visit ruins of Pompeii, which help to reconstruct the events of the eruption in 79 AD

VHS65.  HIDDEN FURY: THE NEW MADRID EARTHQUAKE  ZONE  - 27 min  Produced by USGS gift from AFMS     Rated: VGood to Excellent   A series of great earthquakes struck the Mississippi Valley in Missouri in 1811 - 1812.  Recent rumblings renewed interest in this little known earthquake zone.  3-D maps, animations and “live” scenes tell the story.       

VHS70.  RAINBOW OF STONE  -- 40 minutes   by Terra Productions gift from AFMS   Rated: Excellent   "A journey through Deep Time..." - into the Grand Canyon.  Panoramic views and close-ups explain the complex geology of the inner gorge    and surrounding area, with easily understood but insightful narrative.

VHS71  THE ROCK CYCLE - 30 min  Beautiful photographs and animation of obvious and subtle natural activities all around us illustrate the ever-changing nature of planet Earth - proving that rock is anything but "solid".

VHS72. YELLOWSTONE: IMPRINTS OF GEOLOGIC TIME  -  27 min by Terra Productions gift from AFMS  Rated: Very Good   An exploration of the complex geologic history recorded in fossils,  petrified forests, spectacular landforms and the constantly evolving landscape of the first National Park.

VHS76.  Down to Earth   Introduces the vast field of study that is geology, showing the uniqueness of Earth in its ability to support life.

VHS77.  The Restless Planet  This program reviews the formation of our solar system and evolution  of Earth’s structure.

VHS78.  Earth’s Interior Demo - how seismic waves occur and how the measurement of gravity, heat flow and earth magnetism, provide information about Earth’s interior.

VHS79.  The Sea Floor Examines major sea-floor features: the mid-oceanic ridge, oceanic trenches and fracture zones - evidence how mobile Earth’s crust is.

VHS80.  The Birth of a Theory  Traces origins of the ideas of continental drift and sea floor spreading and their contributions to plate tectonics theory. 

VHS81.  Plate Dynamics  Introduces theory and concepts about the movements of earth’s plates by looking at plate boundaries and their associated geologic features.

VHS82.  Mountain Building  How major mountain belts and continents are created, evolve and wear away.

VHS83.  Earth’s Structure  Illustrates how bedrock responds to tectonic forces originating within earth and what structural geologists learn by studying it. VHS84.  Earthquakes  Explores the nature and consequences of earthquakes, the factors that cause quakes, their location and characteristics.

VHS84  EARTHQUAKES  Explores the nature and consequences of earthquakes, the factors that cause quakes, their location and characteristics.

VHS85.  Geologic Time  Portrays the immensity of the geologic time scale - the worldwide basis for correlation of geologic events, rock formation and fossils.

VHS86.  Evolution Through Time  How earth has changed over the past four-and-a-half billion years.

VHS87.  Minerals: The Materials of Earth  Covers the origins, classifications and uses of minerals.

VHS88.  Volcanism  Explains how volcanoes are formed and examines the importance of volcanic activity to Earth’s geology and climate.

VHS89.  Intrusive Igneous Rocks  Unveils the rock forming processes of magmas that do not reach Earth’s surface but solidify underground.

VHS90.  Weathering and Soils   Demonstrates how minerals and rocks change when subjected to the physical and chemical conditions that exist at Earth’s surface.

VHS91.  Mass Wasting  (Landslides, Creep & Slump) Gravity is constantly at work -not only in landslides but also as imperceptibly slow “creep”. How human activity can cause or control such “mass wasting”.

VHS92.  Sedimentary Rocks: The Key to Past Environments  Sedimentary rocks hold clues – not only to past life but also to environmental conditions of the past.

VHS93  Metamorphic Rocks Causes of metamorphism and the kinds of rocks produced as a result. 

VHS94.  Running Water I: Rivers, Erosion and Deposition    Tectonic and hydrologic cycles work together to shape the land.

VHS95.  Running Water II: Landform Evolution  Streams and valleys are shaped and landscapes formed primarily by water but human activity can intensify or reduce flood dangers.

VHS96.   Groundwater   Explains how this critical resource is distributed and recycled.

VHS97.  Wind, Dust and Deserts  Deserts cover a third of the land and are located in polar and equatorial regions.  This programs shows how they form and their major features.

VHS98.   Glaciers  Glaciers are an important sculptor of the earth’s surface responsible for such spectacular scenery as the Alps and Yosemite Valley. 

VHS99.  Waves, Beaches and CoastS   A beach is a dynamic zone where the sand is in constant motion, sensitive to variations in waves, winds, tides, currents and human intervention.

VHS100.  Living with Earth, Part I   Knowledge of destructive forces such as earthquakes and landslides can help to predict and lessen their impact on human activity.  

VHS101.  Living with Earth, Part II   Explores the impact of human activity on Earth and discusses ways in which people can shape their actions to benefit Earth. End Series

VHS103.  LURAY CAVERNS --   30 minutes Finley Holiday Film Corp.           Rated: Very Good to Excellent   The wide variety of formations found in this large cave are explained  along with it’s history and how it was developed.  The first 10 minutes show other nearby attractions.

VHS104.  THIS EARTH -  The Search Within -- 24 minutes produced by BP Films  Rated: Good to Excellent   See how remote methods (Landsat satellite images) and on-the-spot techniques (siesmic evidence, etc.) are used to locate deposits of mineral resources on land and under the oceans.  (Suitable for teens to adults)  

VHS105.  THIS LAND - North America And How It Came To Be  41 min. Produced by Shell Oil Co.   Rated: Good to Excellent  An intro to geology: how this continent has changed over time. Formation of minerals is mentioned and the continuum of life - from primitive plants and animals through the arrival of man is depicted.  (Best for adults)

VHS111. GLACIERS  -- 50 minutes Prod. by Schlessinger Media (gift from AFMS)  Graphics and spectacular scenery show how these rivers if ice formed and we are reminded that most of the North American landscape was sculpted by the gigantic ice sheets.

VHS113.  EXOTIC TERRANE  -- 27 minutes Sponsored by USFS & USGS  (gift from AFMS)    Rated: Excellent   An adventure in geology -- how rock formations now part of our west coast; formed near the equator, migrated north and crashed into this continent causing the Rocky Mountains to form as a result.