Earth and environment film series starts Sept. 1

The Earth and Mineral Sciences Library’s popular midday film series kicks off on Sept. 1, with “The Return of the Cuyahoga.” This semester, the film series offers a rich lineup of documentaries that focus on a wide range of topics, from the Exxon Valdez oil spill to copper mining in Michigan.

Films are screened at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, room 105 of the Deike Building, and are open to students, faculty, staff and the public. The full schedule is available at online.

For more information, or if you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Linda Musser at 814-863-7073 or

The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 1:    “The Return of the Cuyahoga” -- The death and rebirth of one of America's most emblematic waterways   

Sept. 8:    “Monongah Remembered” -- The story of the Monongah mining disaster of 1907

Sept. 15:     “Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez” -- Environmental, social and economic consequences of the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Sept. 22:     “Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez “(cont.)

Sept. 29:    “California Dry: Water Crisis in the Golden State” -- California faces growing difficulty in managing and sustaining its water infrastructure.

Oct. 6:        “Ocean Fury: Tsunamis in Alaska” -- 1964 Alaskan tsunami resulting from the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history

Oct. 13:    “Diamond Road” -- Follow the path of diamonds, both geographically and historically.

Oct. 20:     “Diamond Road” (cont.)

Oct. 27:     “Combating Climate Change and Improving Air Quality” -- The green side of careers with a focus on Pennsylvania and energy

Nov. 3:    “Michigan’s Copper Country: The Keweenaw, a History of Copper Mining in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula” -- The history of copper mining in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Nov. 10:    “A Sea Change” -- Ocean acidification and changes in the chemistry of the oceans

Nov. 17:    “A Sea Change” (cont.)

Nov. 24:    No Film Scheduled: Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 1:        “Straight Through the Ice” -- Examines the ramifications of Arctic warming and a smaller ice cap.

Dec. 8:        “Chesapeake Past, Chesapeake Future” -- Examines the possible fate of the Chesapeake Bay in 2030.

Last Updated August 23, 2010