Living Rock: Introduction to Earth's Geology
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The "Living Rock" DVD, a joint publication of the US Geological Survey and Alpha DVD, is a one hour educational program about the Earth's geology. Targeted at High School grade levels, Living Rock introduces students to such geology concepts as: Geologic Time; Continental Crust; Plate Tectonics; Volcanic Activity; Earthquakes; Subduction Zones; Erosion and Glaciers. The Living Rock DVD also includes over 400 USGS "Fact Sheets" in Adobe Acrobat format, viewable on all PC and Mac systems with a DVD-ROM drive.
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The program material seems not to be aimed at the college or university student of geology and does not contain in depth information about earth processes, minerals, plate tectonics etc. It is recommended for a person who is interested in geology but does not want to get in to much detail. It is informative, interesting and relaxing to watch.
The presentation is a bit dry and although to the point may be experienced as boring by a school class.
I was pleasantly surprised by the choice of background music. It is lovely to listen to without unduly drawing the attention of the viewer.
The best thing when I watch this DVD is that I've been to most of the places shown in this film, including Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, Yosemite, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Olympic, Grand Canyon....... When it explains the geological terms or activities such as subduction, mantle, crust, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and glaciers, I can comprehend them in an enjoyable way. Everything is vivid to me.
In my opinion, geology is best studied when you have some field experience. If you are a national park lover just like me, you will enjoy the knowledge this film brings to you.