Grades 7-12, College, Adult
Directed by Don White
Produced by The National Film Board of Canada
DVD Purchase $59, Rent $35
VHS Purchase $59, Rent $35
US Release Date: 1981
Copyright Date: 1979
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-335-8
VHS ISBN: 0-7722-0356-3
Oceans and Coasts
Awards and Festivals
Best of Category, National Educational Film Festival
Runner-Up, Chicagoland Educational Film Festival
Best of Category, NAAEE Festival
ALA Media For Libraries
Henry Fonda Award, River City Film Conference
A close-up look at wetlands ecology.
Using exquisite underwater micro-photography, this National Film Board of Canada production provides a close-up look at an estuary-- the biologically important wetlands where the fresh water of a river meets the salt water of the ocean. As we watch barnacles feeding themselves and the comic acrobatics of diving ducks, the film details the complex ecology of estuarine life; and, in an understated manner, makes a powerful case for protecting wetlands.
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"The concept of the food chain is soundly illustrated in this film...Provides a concise, enjoyable, and informative look at life in an estuary. Recommended for instructional use in general biology and ecology courses."
"Within its small, beautifully circumscribed compass, this is a perfect example of a fully achieved work which ultimately links the complexity of one particular ecostructure (and fills us with respect for its perfection) to our present-day social webs."
Amos Vogel, Film Comment
"The ecological principles are the same worldwide and their treatment in this film is valuable for upper elementary through adult education on estuarine ecology."
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