There are many ways to teach geology, but there’s nothing like showing geological forces in action to help students understand the fundamental processes that shape our earth. That’s exactly what you can do with Earth Revealed, a stunning series that combines documentary footage of major geological events with graphic illustrations that show how these events relate to the theory of plate tectonics.
The programs feature geologists at work analyzing changing landscapes and providing critically important advice on engineering and construction projects. Produced by the Southern California Consortium.
1. Down to Earth — This program introduces the vast field of study that is geology, showing the uniqueness of Earth in its ability to support life. (CC)
2. The Restless Planet — Revisits the beginnings of our solar system and the evolution of Earth’s structure. (CC)
3. Earth’s Interior — Demonstrates how seismic waves occur and explains the measurement of gravity, heat flow, and earth magnetism, to provide information about Earth’s interior. (CC)
4. The Sea Floor — Examines major sea-floor features: the mid-oceanic ridge, oceanic trenches, and fracture zones; evidence of Earth’s mobile crust. (CC)
5. The Birth of a Theory — Traces origins of the ideas of continental drift and sea-floor spreading and their contributions to plate tectonics theory. (MIA)
6. Plate Dynamics — Introduces theory and concepts about the movements of Earth’s plates by looking at plate boundaries and their associated geologic features. (MIA)
7. Mountain Building — How major mountain belts and continents are created, evolve, and wear away. (CC)
8. Earth’s Structures — Illustrates how bedrock responds to tectonic forces originating within Earth and is studied by structural geologists. (CC)
9. Earthquakes — This episode explores the nature and consequences of earthquakes, the factors that cause quakes, their location and characteristics. (CC)
10. Geological Time — This program portrays the immensity of the geologic time scale, which is the world-wide basis for correlation of geologic events, rock formation and fossils. (CC)
11. Evolution Through Time — Explores Earth’s evolutionary journey the past four-and a- half billion years. (CC)
12. Minerals: The Materials of Earth — This episode covers the origins, classifications and uses of minerals. (CC)
13. Volcanism — The program explains how volcanoes are formed and assesses the importance of volcanic activity to earth’s geology and climate. (CC)
14. Intrusive Igneous Rocks — This episode unveils the rock-forming processes of magmas that do not reach Earth’s surface, but solidify underground. (CC)
15. Weathering and Soils — Demonstrates how minerals and rocks change when subjected to the physical and chemical conditions that exist at Earth’s surface. (CC)
16. Mass Wasting — Demonstrates gravity at work on rapidly moving landslides and imperceptibly slow creep, as well as the role of humans in causing or controlling mass wasting. (CC)
17. Sedimentary Rocks: The Key to Past Environments — Illustrates the importance of sedimentary rocks in understanding Earth’s surface and environmental conditions of the past. (CC)
18. Metamorphic Rocks — Interprets the causative factors of metamorphism and the kinds of rocks produced. (CC)
19. Running Water I: Rivers, Erosion and Deposition — This segment analyzes the role of running water in sculpting Earth’s surface, discusses tectonic and hydrologic cycles and how they work to shape the land. (CC)
20. Running Water II: Landform Evolution — Recognizes the roles human activity can play in intensifying or reducing flood danger, and describes how streams and valleys are shaped and landscapes formed. (NCC)
21. Groundwater — Explains how this critical resource is distributed and recycled. (CC)
22. Wind, Dust and Deserts — Deserts cover a third of all land masses and are located in polar as well as equatorial regions. This program shows how they form and their major features. (CC)
23. Glaciers — Responsible for such spectacular scenery as the Alps and Yosemite Valley, glaciers are important sculptors of Earth’s surface. (CC)
24. Waves, Beaches and Coasts — This program takes viewers to the beach, a dynamic zone where the sand is in constant motion, sensitive to variations in waves, winds, tides, currents, and human intervention. (CC)
25. Living With Earth, Part I — Expresses human responses to the destructive forces of natural phenomena, such as earthquakes and landslides. (CC)
26. 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. (CC)
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Assignment: The World has been discontinued by the producer and is no longer available for broadcast.
PBS Newshour Extra’s Daily News Story is a great alternative.