America's turbulent geologic story and earth scientists' biggest push yet to uncover its deepest secrets.
Directed by Doug Prose and Diane LaMacchia
Written and Edited by Diane LaMacchia
Cinematography by Doug Prose
Narrated by Michael Gene Sullivan
An Earth Images Foundation Production
This film captures the excitement of the early stages of an historic expedition, EarthScope, and in the process tells the dramatic geologic story of the North American continent.
"Witness the initiation of a major scientific initiative." Genevieve Atwood, Earth Science Education, former State Geologist of Utah
EarthScope is an ongoing exploration, funded by the National Science Foundation and undertaken by a diverse group of scientists, students, and volunteers who employ the most advanced earth exploration techniques to answer persistent geologic questions about the structure and evolution of the continent, and the physical processes controlling its earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Interspersed with scenes of scientists beginning new Earthscope experiments is archival footage of important past experiments, as well as dramatic scenes of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landscapes filmed throughout the US. The film's liberal use of 3D animations helps explain the geologic story and the techniques employed by EarthScope scientists.
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-451-6
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-450-8
"Witness the initiation of a major scientific initiative that examines large questions with fresh faces and abundant resources."
Genevieve Atwood, Earth Science Education, former State Geologist of Utah
"Excellent footage of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis throughout the film make this study more immediate to the viewers, in showing the power of the earth. Effective use of graphics and location shots with music make this a very professional production, one that will be useful in a classroom setting to introduce students to geophysical research and some of the remaining questions about our continent."
Dr. Donna Jurdy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, Northwestern University
"How the story of the past and present processes of the earth have influenced the geology of the United States is well depicted...The development of [Expedition EarthScope] is well thought out, and the content...is easily understood by those with a minimum of geologic knowledge."
AAAS's Science, Books and Films
"Resource meets CLRN Review Criteria."
California Learning Resource Network
"The film does a great job of showing scientists in action and also demonstrates some of the modern technologies used by geologists. Interspersed are dramatic scenes of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The video could be used very effectively at the conclusion of a unit on geology to highlight the ongoing nature of scientific inquiry and to demonstrate that much still remains to be discovered about the world around us."
School Library Journal
"This short yet packed film is enjoyable to watch and full of fascinating information and the 3D animation is great! I highly recommend this DVD."
Brad Eden, University of California, Santa Barbara, Educational Media Reviews Online
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Awards and Festivals
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
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