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GSM Video Library Table

UPC Video Title Producer/Distributor Disks Length (min) Year Created Description and/or Review
Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads Howard Hughes Medical Institute 2 2006 MEMBER REVIEW: This DVD set is produced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. It is done in-house, but has very good technical quality. The 2 DVDs are different. All are from the 2005 Holiday Lectures on Science. The first DVD consists of 4 lectures on evolution, plus a series of interactive presentations taken from the lectures. The lectures are good presentations with introductions, video clips, and graphics. Each lecture is on a different topic, but they progress, so watch them in order. These are generally college-level presentations, and are an excellent overview of genetics and evolution. They touch on natural selection, plant and animal breeding, and modern DNA research. You need your remote to play the interactive stuff, there is interesting material there. But you can also skip the interactive stuff, as it is all in the lectures. Each lecture lasts about an hour, with talk and questions. Interestingly, they take video from all sorts of sources, commercial and educational, from Nova to Jeopardy. The second DVD has a discussion reconciling religion and science. It has interviews with 4 principals about evolution and science and the benefits from evolutionary research. The interviews seem geared toward encouraging young people to go into science. The discussion about religion and science and can they easily coexist, feature the scientists who presented the lectures, a priest, and a philosopher. Both the priest and philosopher say the Bible is not to be taken literally, so they bypass totally a main argument against evolution. They get into media bashing - the media does not represent all viewpoints - just fundamentalists vs. a scientist or two. The fear of science and evolution seems a uniquely American phenomenon. They get into Intelligent Design vs. Creationism. This whole discussion seems more germane to people in the DC area, where there is a lot more overt fundamentalism than here in Minnesota, where we have not ever tried to legislate the falsity of evolution. But it is interesting to hear some good arguments for evolution, and yet you can still believe in God (or whatever). But if you are not needing this material it is easily skipped. The courses are good, and give a real sold foundation for understanding evolution and how it works both in the greater scale and also down to the specific genes.
Explorations: Oceanography Scripps Institution of Oceanography 1 2003 25 short features
3984760038 Explore Colorado Holiday National Park Series 1 70 2004
Extreme Engineering: Bering Strait Discovery 1 50 2003
Extreme Engineering: Excavators Discovery 1 50 2003
Extreme Engineering: Hollands Barriers to the Sea Discovery 1 50 2003
Extreme Engineering: Oakland Bay Bridge Discovery 1 50 2003
Extreme Ice NEW16 Nova 1 56 2009 Description: In collaboration with National Geographic, NOVA follows the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a scientific team as they deploy time-lapse cameras in risky, remote locations in the Arctic, Alaska and the Alps. Their goal is to create a unique photo archive of melting glaciers that could provide a key to understanding their runaway behavior.
1438145102 Faces of Earth Image/Discovery 1 180 2008
Faces of Earth NEW16 Science Channel 1 180 2010 MEMBER REVIEW: This is a 2010 Discovery Channel production. Here again we have different scientists and new looks at the Earth and time. There are lots of fine graphics, illustrating what is underground and invisible to us. These newer series assume a certain basic understanding of the science, and have no history or evolution of how it was all discovered; they just show what it is, and go from there. The emphasis is on present science, technology and new discoveries. There is a lot of emphasis on the technology of gathering data. You see a number of nifty scientific toys used to get more and better information out of the rocks, ice and other things. The first episode is a broad overview of Earth History - thumbnail sketches of the highlights - the magnetic core, life, oxygenation of the atmosphere, mass extinction events, formation of coal beds, oil and natural gas formation. The second episode is about plate tectonics. There is modeling of convergent mountain building and subduction. Sonification at CERN is the process of turning seismic data into music to help predict earthquakes. The third episode explores North America. It starts in Washington state, and moves east. The fourth episode explores how humans are shaping earth. It also goes into the long-range climate cycles, glaciation and so forth. This series is worth watching, and stands well with other similar series. You will not get everything from any one series, but watching them all, you get a good broad idea of Earth science and what is going on with our planet now and in the past. Description: Explosive volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods and even human beings contribute to the constant changes on the Earth surface. Uncover the deep mysteries of our planet with top geologists in Faces Of Earth. Using state-of-the-art computer animation and stunning photography, these four in-depth, compelling programs explore how these forces shape the Earth and how, in turn, the Earth has shaped human evolution. Includes: 1) Building the Planet: Witness the explosion that formed planet Earth, and travel back in time to explore the evolution of the Earth we know today. New technologies allow geoscientists to strip back the layers of Earth to see what previously could only be imagined. 2) Shaping the Planet: Earthquakes rumble, volcanoes explode, land is stretched and pulled like taffy - pushing up mountains and creating new oceans. Special effects and advanced animation techniques take viewers inside tectonic events to find out why the ground constantly shifts under our feet. 3) Assembling America: The land we see today was shaped over hundreds of millions of years. Guided by leading geoscientists, we unravel the mysteries of continent-building and the almost unimaginable span of geologic time. 4) Human World: Beginning with the dawn of agriculture, mankind has moved from simply reacting to Earth processes to shaping the planet. But are we pushing too hard and upsetting this delicate balance?
143814376 Fearless Planet Discovery/Image Entertainment 2 256 2008 Extreme Adventures in Extreme Places
4188702464 First Peoples NEW16 PBS 2 300 2015 Description: 200,000 years ago we took our first steps in Africa. Today there are 7 billion of us living across the planet. How did our ancestors spread from continent to continent? What was the secret to their success? This is a global detective story, featuring the latest archaeological discoveries and genetic research. On each continent, we track down the earliest members of our species, Homo sapiens. Who were these First Peoples? What drove them to the ends of the earth?
Flood of the Millennium Discovery 1 50 2003
7696400216 Food, Inc Robert Kenner 1 91 2008
2799475067 Forces of Nature National Geographic 1 40 2004
Full Force Nature Echo Bridge Entertainment 1 126 2009
Galapagos Beyond Darwin Discovery 1 50 2007
2519221916 Gasland Part II Josh Fox 1 125 2013 2 copies in library
Gemstone Adventure Series: Diamond Story Jewelry Television 1 50 2007 MEMBER REVIEW: This DVD was produced by JTV - a jewelry shopping channel. However, they are pretty good about being accurate and gemnologically correct (unlike others), so this is a worthwhile DVD to watch. It details how diamonds are formed in the earth, then mined and cut for jewelry. The geology is good, as are the graphics. They spend a good amount of time on the geology and chemistry. Then the history of diamond discoveries and mining and so forth. Last is cutting and jewelry. There is lots less hype for buying than I had anticipated. You would not guess it was made by a commercial venture - it plays like a documentary you would see on Nova. All in all, it is quite good.
Gemstone Adventure Series: Gemstone Journey Jewelry Television 1 50 2008
Gemstone Adventure Series: Tanzanite Story Jewelry Television 1 25 2006 3 copies in library. MEMBER REVIEW: This is another JTV production. It is slickly produced, but not as good as their diamond DVD. Tanzanite was discovered in 1967, so it has a much shorter history than diamonds. Additionally, tanzanite is found in only one place, so there is not as much to discuss. This DVD runs about 25 minutes, and has a lot of footage of animals and scenery. There is the geology of the stone, and associated minerals and mining footage. However I was disappointed that there was not more - maybe exploring more about the associated minerals. So watch it, but realize it feels pretty short. Maybe if I had seen this first, it would not be such a letdown.
821575536257 Genesis: Where Are We Coming From? Thinkfilm 1 80 2005
Geology Series: Gold in Colorado Instructional Video 1 47 2008 MEMBER REVIEW: This is an old DVD and has a few places where it freezes. Stay with it - it clears by itself. This is an instructional video. It has a minimally basic level of production value - way below what we would expect of a TV show. It reminded me of the educational films we would get in science class in grade school. And it seems to be aimed at your average 6th grader in content. It was made in 2009. They use a lot of weird old video from a variety of sources and that may make this DVD worth watching by itself. See the old trains. Once the history is over, they get into the specific geology of the various gold districts in Colorado. They do talk about various associated minerals, and the geological processes that caused the placements to come about. It gets somewhat technical, but it is easily understandable if you are into the geology. They have a couple of placer miners explaining how their operation. Then they get into actual gold mining. All in all it is not too bad, if you can deal with the minimal production values and amateur narrator.
016741 Gesyers of Yellowstone & Other Thermal Features Holiday Films 1 66 2006
4188701188 Ghosts of Machu Picchu Nova 1 56 2009