Fall film series offers environmental topics

The Earth and Mineral Sciences Library will kick off its fall film series in September with a lineup of titles on a wide range of environmental issues and related topics. All videos will be shown 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Library, 105 Deike Building, University Park. Here are the films scheduled for fall:

-- Sept. 3: "Global Resources: Management and Competition." According to most experts, globalization is increasing with unstoppable momentum but the resulting debate is heating up just as quickly. (39 minutes)

-- Sept. 10: "America's National Monuments: Devil's Tower, Jewel Cave and Agate Fossil Beds." Profiles these geologic wonders of the Northern Plains. (30 minutes)

-- Sept. 17: "Buffalo Creek Revisited." Explores survivors' efforts to rebuild their West Virginia communities after a devastating flood. (31 minutes)

-- Sept. 24: "PaleoWorld: Movers and Shakers." Features "Earthshaker's," the biggest creatures to ever walk the earth, plus "Mammoths, and Horns and Herds." (31 minutes)

-- Oct. 1: "America's National Monuments: Pipestone, Little Bighorn Battle Site." Designated by U.S. presidents since 1906, national monuments preserve significant pieces of our history, geology, and beauty. (28 minutes)

-- Oct. 8: "Science of Silicon Solar Cells." The silicon solar cell is currently the most important generator of solar electricity. The 20-minute animated film explores the basic science behind the technology.

-- Oct. 15: "Cosmic Collisions." Launches visitors on a thrilling trip through space and time, well beyond the calm face of the night sky, to explore cosmic collisions, hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe. (32 minutes)

-- Oct. 22: "America's National Monuments: Scott's Bluff, Homestead." Park rangers familiar with these sites in Nebraska talk about each monument's unique features.
(28 minutes).

-- Oct. 29: "Reclaiming the future: Reforestation in Appalachia." Reforestation involves more than planting trees on a former mine site. It also includes enhancing wildlife habitat, improving water quality and stream systems, reduction of erosion and sedimentation, less flooding and cleaner air. (29 minutes)

-- Nov. 5: "Energy Wise." Demonstrates several innovative and enterprising sustainable solutions to energy issues. (23 minutes)

-- Nov. 12: "America's National Monuments: Alibates Flint Quarry, Capulin Volcano, Fort Union." Focuses on the national monuments on the Southern Plains. (32 minutes)

-- Nov. 19: "Astoria Canyon." Until now, the canyon was hidden in the dark world of the deep ocean. But new technology is making it possible for modern day explorers to follow the crumbling landscape of a canyon that is actually an extension of the Columbia River and runs miles into the deep Pacific. (30 minutes)

-- Nov. 26: No film scheduled.

-- Dec. 3: "PaleoWorld: In the Air." Features "Flight of the Pterosaurs," "Dinos in the Air" and the "Origin of Early Birds." (30 minutes)

-- Dec. 10: "Avalanche Awareness." Combines live action, interviews and computer animation to discuss avalanche safety fundamentals. (30 minutes)
 

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Last Updated March 19, 2009