Grades 8-12, College, Adult
Directed by Andrew Gregg
DVD Purchase $250, Rent $85
US Release Date: 2012
Copyright Date: 2010
DVD ISBN: 1-93777-228-4
Oceans and Coasts
Awards and Festivals
2012 Science Books & Films Best List
Geologic Journey II Series|
Examines the Earth's surface under pressure, from Iceland to the Alps, landscapes that inspired scientists to invent the study of geology.
TECTONIC EUROPE traverses the Eurasian plate -- from Iceland where new land is formed to the Alps where old land is destroyed. In between, we witness the twisted, gorgeous landscapes of the Earth's surface under pressure, places where scientists first came up with the very study of geology itself.
Trek with University of Toronto Scarborough geology professor Nick Eyles and his guides through volcanoes, glaciers, crags, mountains, rolling hills and broken cliffs that reveal the tectonic story of the Earth.
The other titles in the series are:
Along The African Rift - Examines the East African Rift, Ethiopia's Afar Triangle, the Nile Valley and the Dead Sea Rift, places where the Earth's crust is ripping apart as molten rock pushes upwards.
The Pacific Rim: Americas - From the glaciers of Alaska to the Andes of Chile, the relentless subterranean forces that formed the eastern Pacific Rim have convulsed our cities and overshadow our future.
The Western Pacific Rim - Examines the western Pacific Rim, home to 50% of the world's active volcanoes, and 90% of its earthquakes.
The Collision Zone: Asia - Examines the collision zone in Asia--from Indonesia's volcanoes at one end to the Himalayas at the other--which is in the process of forming the earth's next supercontinent.
"The science is excellent and current, the storyline is engaging, and the cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking. Although I have taught this material for years, there was information in the video new to me and archive footage that I had never seen before. [Along the African Rift] vividly illustrates the dramatic processes of continental rifting and the birth of new oceans...[The Pacific Rim: Americas] explores in spectacular fashion the destructive forces of plate tectonics."
Dr. Damian Nance, Professor of Geological Sciences, Ohio University, Editor, GSA Today
"The photography is breathtaking and the science content is accurate...get ready to be amazed."
Coralee Smith, NSTA Recommends
"The Western Pacific Rim and The Pacific Rim: Americas are excellent for civics and history classes. Throughout history, individuals and society have lived with natural hazards to garner natural resources. The modern construct of plate tectonics rationally explains the occurrence of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes on the Pacific Rim along with mineral and agricultural bounty, access to the ocean, and picturesque scenery. The interviews in the series clearly illustrate how informed people address this trade-off. Both titles in the series can spark excellent discussion about the hazards and benefits of living along active plate boundaries."
Dr. Norman Sleep, Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University, Author, Principles of Geophysics
"Blends the latest geologic findings with captivating cinematography, bringing the viewer on a worldwide tour of the tectonic forces that mold the surface of our planet...A heart-stopping adventure especially ideal for classroom viewing, or high school and public library DVD collections. Highly recommended."
The Midwest Book Review
"Exceptional...What makes this series especially compelling and of interdisciplinary interests are the discussions of the local cultures and mythologies that have developed based on historic and recent geologic activities, along with the adaptations the local peoples have made to changes in their environment. This stunning series is a valuable addition to any college, high school or public library."
Barbara Gage, Prince George's Community College, Science Books and Films