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Special Topics: Geology

19 MINUTES TO EARTH
This video examines the scientific findings of Viking missions to Mars. Students are introduced to a variety of information returned to Earth from the planet. This includes soil and atomospheric analysis, as well as biological and geological data. Actual photographs taken by the Viking spacecraft from orbit and on the surface of Mars are accented in this program. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0014

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Night of the Sun
Shows the sites in the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve and the ecological and environmental significance of the Wisconsin glaciation period by using specific examples found within the designated sites. [color, 20 minutes] $29.95 ST0003
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Great Sand Dunes, The
Geology in motion…the desert winds carry and drop the sand in a smooth, mystifying procession of nature. This video takes the student to the peaceful yet ever-changing Great Sand Dunes in Colorado - some reaching an amazing 700 feet in height. You’ll learn about saltation - the formation of rippled sand patterns - and travel paths explored by Zebulon Pike. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0007
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Glacier Bay
Take your students to Glacier Bay National Park to witness the unending process of glaciers retreating and advancing across the terrain and through water. Actual footage of today’s advancing glaciers, intercut with animation, gives an in-depth explanation of this unending process. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0008
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MEXICO EARTHQUAKE - SEPT. 19, 1985
This video discusses the findings of a team of experts from the NBS Center for Building Technology and the U.S. Geological Survey who assessed structural damage done to buildings in Mexico City during the September 1985 earthquake. [color, 20 minutes] $29.95 ST0009
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CLOUDS OF VENUS
A documentary of the Mariner 2 flight, launched on August 27, 1962, in our first effort to obtain scientific data of Venus. The video shows the position of Venus within our solar system and some of its features. It presents the flight profile, trajectory, spacecraft features, and experiments conducted throughout 109 days and 180 million miles of travel. A few preliminary findings are summarized. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0019
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Planet Mars
Depicts what we know about the planet Mars from Earth-based telescopes, observations for the flyby Mariner spacecraft, and through the early Viking landing and orbiter experiments. Also explains the fascinating discoveries and mysteries relating to the most Earth-like planet in our solar system. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0021
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Life on the moon
This program begins with an explanation of the importance and function of the NASA JSC’s Lunar Receiving Laboratory. Geological and botanical experiments are performed on rock and soil samples to determine if the Moon sustains life. [color, 28 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0055
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Moon: Old & New
Presents the Moon as studied by man for more than 20 centuries. Reviews the history of lunar studies before the first Moon landing, the major things learned since Apollo 11, and closes with a resume of lunar investigations scientists would like to undertake in the future. [color, 25 minutes] $29.95 ST0071
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Mt. st. helens - road to recovery
This video focuses on the horrendous devastation of 100,000 acres in the blast zone, and the efforts of the USDA Forest Service, and State government agencies to bring the land back. The eruption took place on Sunday, May 18, 1980 at 8:32 am. What followed changed the contour of the land—wiping out lakes, clogging rivers so they “burned” and leveling tens of thousands of fir trees—killing thousands of animals, and taking more than two dozen human lives. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0048
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Crater Lake
Explore man’s relationship with the rugged terrain of Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, from prehistoric times to the present. See how westward expansion impacted upon the native population against a background of long-held beliefs, attitudes towards the land, and ancient legends. [color, 18 minutes] $29.95 ST0049
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NEW VIEW OF EARTH
X-rays provide information on invisible interiors while satellites, such as Landsat, furnish otherwise inaccessible details about our planet. This film describes the operations of Landsat, a remarkable instrument for detecting pollution, forecasting earthquakes, and predicting crop yield. Unlike the eye which can observe only the visible light spectrum, the satellite’s cameras observe usually invisible bands of electromagnetic radiation. [color, 14 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0074
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SPACE - OCEANS - EARTH
This program takes a tour of the NSTL complex in Louisiana and at the many scientific developments to which this complex has contributed. [color, 25 minutes] $29.95 ST0079
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FLOOD BELOW
This video dramatically shows how various moisture conditions can contribute to flooding and the disastrous results which can follow. Ground saturation, melting snow and precipitation are among the factors considered. It illustrates how new advances made by NASA in the field of Earth resources technology through remote sensing satellite devices can help locate potential flood areas and provide more accurate predictions and early warning. [color, 14 minutes] $29.95 ST0154
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EARTHQUAKE BELOW
This video dramatically illustrates the causes of earthquakes, such as the conditions which lead to faulting of the Earth’s crust, and the devastation to man and property which results. It shows how NASA Earth Resources Technology (redesignated Landsat) satellites are used to locate faults and help determine movement in the Earth’s crust in an effort to learn how to predict quakes and give early warning. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0155
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MINERAL EXPLORATION
This program examines uses of remotely sensed data in mineral exploration. The program focuses on finding the most promising location of mining operation. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0082
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