Free Earth and Mineral Sciences film series starts Jan. 16

January 07, 2013


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Earth and Mineral Sciences Library's Spring Film Series kicks off Jan. 16 with "White Water, Black Gold," a journey across the Canadian watersheds. Films are shown at 12:15 p.m. every Wednesday, in 105 Deike Building and are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Bob Tolliver at 814-865-9517 or in advance of the film screening.

The schedule is as follows:

-- Jan 16: "White Water, Black Gold" (65 minutes)
Journey across Canadian watersheds in search of answers about the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the tar sands

-- Jan 23: "Dirty Business: 'Clean Coal' and the Battle for Our Energy Future" Part 1 (45 minutes)
Examines the costs of coal power

-- Jan 30: "Dirty Business: 'Clean Coal' and the Battle for Our Energy Future" Part 2 (45 minutes)

-- Feb 6: "What is One Degree?" (50 minutes)
What exactly is a degree of temperature? How is it defined and measured? Will answering these questions shed light on the complexities of climate change?

-- Feb 13: "Libby, Montana" Part 1 (58 minutes)
A small logging and mining town affected by asbestos contamination from vermiculite mining

-- Feb 20: "Libby, Montana" Part 2 (58 minutes)

-- Feb 27: "Carbon Hunters" (49 minutes)
Examines the emerging market of the cap-and-trade system for carbon emission allowances

-- Mar 6: No film (Spring Break)

-- Mar 13: "Mucked: Man Made Disasters: Flash Floods in the Coalfields" (52 minutes)
First-hand accounts of the flash floods in West Virginia coal fields caused by timbering, strip mining and mountaintop removal from 2001-03

-- Mar 20: "Split Estate: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You" Part 1 (38 minutes)
Imagine discovering that you don’t own the mineral rights under your land and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas 200 feet from your front door

-- Mar 27: "Split Estate: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You" Part 2 (38 minutes)

-- Apr 3: "Science Under Attack" (52 minutes)
Noble Prize winner Paul Nurse seeks to understand what may be the greatest amount of suspicion of the scientific community since the Dark Ages

-- Apr 10: "The Devil’s Miner" Part 1 (41 minutes)
The story of 14-year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12-year-old brother as they work in 16th century Bolivian silver mines.

-- Apr 17: "The Devil’s Miner" Part 2 (41 minutes)

-- Apr 24: "SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories" (62 minutes)
How the exploitation of southern Louisiana’s natural resources compromised the resiliency of its ecology and culture.



Last Updated January 10, 2013