Forces in Nature: Landslides
A three minute video explaining landslides and shows specific examples of landslides in the bay area.
Soil Texture - Environmental Science
Learn all about soil texture and how to test for clay, silt and sand. English captions are at the bottom of the screen. The words are small so the viewer may want to open the video to 'full screen'. Key vocabulary words include: sand, silt, clay, organic matter, porosity, permeability, and loam. Run time 02:22.
Volcanoes from Around the World
This video shows photographs of volcanoes from around the world. It is set to music and each photo gives the location of the volcano. It shows both dormant and erupting volcanoes. Music may be a bit distracting to the viewer. (06:07)
Volcanic Eruption Song
A song about what happens when volcanos erupt: pressure builds up constantly until an explosion occurs. This is an animated video.
The Ring of Fire, Part 1
The Pacific Ring of Fire (or sometimes just the Ring of Fire) is an area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. (10:34)
Dating Lava Flows on Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii
For hundreds of thousands of years, lava flows have created intricate patterns on the slopes of Hawaiʻi's Mauna Loa volcano. Until the mid-1970s, it was impossible to know when each of the flows occurred. However, as this video segment adapted from NOVA describes, scientists are now using tiny artifacts of life encased in hardened lava flows to piece together the mountain's complex geological and biological history. Closed captioning included. Run time 04:36.
Mount Pinatubo: The Aftermath of a Volcanic Eruption
The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 was the largest volcanic eruption in 80 years. The explosive eruption deposited tons of ash on the towns and villages near the volcano's base. Even more devastating than the eruption, however, were the devastating flows of water and debris that resulted when monsoon rains mixed with the accumulated volcanic ash. This video segment adapted from NOVA depicts some of the impact of these events on the communities surrounding the volcano. Closed captioning.
Extreme Oil Drilling
The experts in this video discuss the difficulty in finding new locations to dig for oil. In order to get oil flowing freely in the cold tundra, hot steam is pumped into the ground using massive amounts of energy.(03:04)
The Story of Petroleum
We use oil in our daily lives and know that it is a thick substance buried thousands of feet underneath the Earth. But how did it get there? How do we get it out? What do we do with it? and Why is it so important? This is an educational video which introduces and explains the processes involved in oil exploration, drilling and refining. Video footage was filmed on location in the Illinois Basin with scenes from a geologists office, drilling rig, pumping unit, tank battery, refinery, and mo
Alternative Energy - Biofuel from Algae
"Algae is the fastest growing plant life, and as an organism it converts sunlight into oil, scientists theorize that Algal biofuel can produce a whopping 30 times more energy per acre than any other biofuel option." (02:01)
Advantages & Disadvantages of Wind Power
Wind power is a form of renewable energy. It's a domestic source of energy, reliable, and quiet. Some disadvantages of wind power include high expense, poor aesthetics, harmful to birds, and storage concerns. This video is in lecture format with an instructor standing in front of a white board. (03:38)
Ocean Odyssey - Surface Currents
This is a segment from the Ocean Odyssey series that describes in layman's terms what surface currents are, what role they have in the creation of climate, and how they form. Produced for students and is suitable for elementary and older.
(This is an Emmy award-winning series of instructional programs that introduces students in grades 3-5 to NASA and integrates mathematics, science, and technology through the use of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), scientific inquiry, and the scientific
What Causes Waves?
The major cause of waves, specifically ocean waves, is wind,
although waves can also be created by tides and earthquakes. Learn
how waves are simply the result of winds passing over water.
Deep Ocean Eruption
See the recent "underwater Fourth of July" scientists believe is the deepest volcanic eruption ever seen--with three-foot-wide lava bubbles and flows creeping over the seafloor. Video run time is 2:23.
Exploring Oceans: Bermuda
The waters around Bermuda host a liquid jungle of creatures that exist in floating forests of golden brown sargassum seaweed. Deep within its waters live bioluminescent deep-sea creatures, reminiscent of comets, suns, and stars. (03:30)
Great Barrier Reef Wildlife
The largest living structure, the Great Barrier Reef spans more than 1,200 miles of islands and submerged reefs. A plethora of coral thrives here, along with a sweep parrotfish, sugeonfish, barracuda, and sharks. Run time 4:11.
The Galapagos were Darwin's laboratory for the study of the origins of life. See the amazing creatures he studied in 1835 - giant tortoises, sea turtles, flightless cormorants, iguanas, and penguins. Produced by National Geographic. Run time 04:47.
The Impact of Climate Change
Learn about how the climate change on earth is influencing the atmosphere. In this video you will also see how weather satellites are used as warning devices for extreme weathers. (05:48)
What Does the Term 'Horsepower' Mean?
This video explains the science behind the term Horsepower in just under 9 minutes. Explanation is clear and easy to understand.
Kelp Forest Food Web
Kelp forests have unique characteristics that support a delicately balanced ecosystem. They provide interactions between species and habitat that thrive on the health of this balance. In this video segment, explore the amazing underwater kelp forest ecosystem and observe how fragile this habitat can be to predation and human activities.