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Streaming Videos by the U.S. Geological Survey
The Survey of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in Arizona
30 minutes, 21 seconds long - silent film
Colonel Claude H. Birdseye was Chief Topographic Engineer of the U.S. Geological Survey and R. Burchard was the surveyor. This 1923 film was produced by E.C. La Rue, a USGS hydrologic engineer. The Birdseye Expedition film was literally one of the very first black and white films distributed nationally. The film chronicles the expedition's voyage down the Colorado River from August 1 to October 20, 1923. The Birdseye expedition conducted the first modern survey in the canyon during their reconnaissance for dam sites.
For more information about the Birdseye Expedition go to: http://online.wr.usgs.gov/outreach/grandcanyon/
1 hour, 6 minutes long - contains 5 chapters, silent film
This is a video of Harold Stearns films of Hawaiian volcanoes. It is believed that this is the second film ever produced of a volcano in eruption, and the very first in color. There are 5 chapters to this video. As a guide, the chapter titles are as follows:
The Future of Energy Gases
This video, originally released as Open File Report 94-642 in 1994, is the perfect primer for all ages and educational levels regarding our nation's energy use and resources. The video is hosted by David Howell, USGS retired, in a way that lends enormous credibility to the information. A very carefully written script, beautiful scenery, engaging computer generated animations, professional score, and professional narration explain the different types of energy sources our nation has used over its history, with a focus on petroleum and natural gas. This video also explains the technology, economics, and effects on the environment associated with each source. There is excellent content regarding solar, wind, nuclear power and gas hydrates as well.
Exploring Storm Surge
14 minutes, 45 seconds long
Exploring Storm Surge is an engaging preparedness movie about the dangers of storm surges associated with hurricanes. An excellent movie for understanding the aftermath of Katrina.
The Living Rock: the Earth's Continental Crust
1 hour, 45 seconds long
Produced by Doug Prose, this is probably the most beautiful movie ever released by the USGS. Just as the title suggests the viewer is treated to a global tour of geologic processes narrated by many USGS scientists. In addition to the beautiful imagery, which was filmed not videotaped, the movie includes advanced computer generated animations.
The Southern Appalachians: A Changing World
24 minutes, 41 seconds long
The Southern Appalachians is the latest movie released by the USGS. The movie was co-produced with The National Park Service, and also has beautiful scenes of the southern Appalachians as well as beautiful computer generated animations which together explain the origin of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world.