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Precipice of Survival: The Southern Sea Otter
By DOI/USGS 2004 Running Time 0:47
Video Theatre show times: June 3rd 1:00 PM June 4th 1:00 PM
“Precipice of Survival: The Southern Sea Otter” traces the history of California’s sea otters from the onset of the Pacific maritime fur trade to the present and focuses in depth on the broad collaborative research effort to better understand these charismatic creatures of the coastal oceans. This 48-minute program, USGS General Information Product 3, was shot in high definition video and produced by the USGS Western Ecological Research Center and Western Region Office of Communications; produced and directed by Stephen Wessells.
Delta Revival: Restoring a California Ecosystem
By DOI/USGS 2003 Running Time 0:22
Video Theatre show times: June 3rd 10:00 AM June 4th 10:00 AM
Delta Revival: Restoring a California Ecosystem shows scientists from many disciplines working together to guide the unprecendented restoration of the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta east of San Francisco Bay.
View the film as part of a public lecture at:
Sonoran Desert: Fragile Land of Extremes
By DOI/USGS 2003 Running Time 0:28
Video Theatre show times: June 3rd 10:30 AM June 4th 10:30 AM
“Sonoran Desert: Fragile Land of Extremes” shows how biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey work with other scientists in an effort to better understand native plants and animals such as desert tortoises, saguaro cacti, and Gila monsters. Much of the program was shot in and around Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona. Genetic detective work, using DNA, focuses on understanding the lives of tortoises. Studies of saguaros over many decades clarify how these amazing plants reproduce and thrive in the desert. Threats from fire, diseases in tortoises, and a growing human population motivate the scientists. Their work to identify how these organisms live and survive is a crucial step for the sound management of biological resources on public lands. This 28-minute program, USGS Open-File Report 03-305, was shot entirely in high definition video and produced by the USGS Western Ecological Research Center and Southwest Biological Science Center; produced and directed by Stephen Wessells, Western Region Office of Communications
Secrets in Stone
By DOI/USGS, Prepared in cooperation with David Donnenfield Productions 1998 Running Time 0:25
Video Theatre show times: June 3rd 11:00 AM June 4th 2:00 PM
Chronicles the scientific discoveries in the early 1960's that led to broad acceptance of the theory of plate tectonics. Traces the history of the hypothesis of continental drift, its early dismissal by experts, and then the dramatic rise in acceptance after geomagnetic polarity reversals were shown to match magnetic anomalies on the sea floor.
More info: Jack Hillhouse, 650-329-4932, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shock Waves: 100 Years After the 1906 Earthquake
By USGS/CBS-5/KPIX-TV 2006 Running Time 0:46
Video Theatre show times: June 3rd 12:00 Noon June 4th 12:00 Noon
In production with CBS-5/KPIX-TV, San Francisco, this hour-long TV documentary focuses on the century of progress in understanding the science of earthquakes, increasing public awareness of seismic hazards, earthquake preparedness and mitigation, and demonstrating how earthquakes affect the personal lives, culture, economy and development of northern California.
Hurricane Force: A Coastal Perspective
By DOI/USGS 1994 Running Time 0:28
Video Theatre show time: June 3rd 2:30 PM
Focuses on the coastal impacts of three recent major hurricanes. The film follows U.S. Geological Survey scientists studying hurricane impacted coasts while connecting the environmental and economic consequences of these storms. Using 3D animations created at Silicon Graphics Inc. combined with footage shot by daring "hurricane chasers" the film initially relates how hurricanes form and progress - followed by a detailed account of the impacts of Hurricane Andrew (on coastal Lousisiana in 1992) Hurricane Hugo (on coral reefs in Puerto Rico in 1989), and Hurricane Iniki (on the coast and offshore of Kauai, Hawaii in 1992).
The Damnedest, Finest Ruins
By San Andreas Films & CAV Media 2006 Running Time 0:28
Video Theatre show times: June 3rd 3:00 PM June 4th 3:00 PM
On April 18, 1906, a massive earthquake struck Northern California. In three terrible days San Francisco, the "Paris of the Pacific", was wiped from the earth. Narrated by acclaimed actor Peter Coyote, The Damnedest, Finest Ruins paints a riveting portrait of courage and chaos. James Dalessandro, author of the best selling novel, 1906, uses rare photos and actual film of the disaster to create a captivating story of human courage and political incompetence, underscored by the music of Italian tenor Enrico Caruso, who performed five hours before the disaster and barely made it out alive.
More info: http://www.1906earthquake.com/
1923 Grand Canyon Expedition
By DOI/USGS 1923 Running Time 0:30
Video Theatre show time: June 4th 2:30 PM
In 1869, John Wesley Powell, who later became the second Director of the USGS, led the first expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. In the fifty years that followed, very few people dared to repeat Powell's trip. In the summer of 1923, the USGS organized a new expedition to travel through the Grand Canyon, which was the last stretch of the Colorado River that had not been accurately surveyed. This expedition, led by USGS Chief Topographer Claude Birdseye, was charged with making an unbroken level survey line through Marble and Grand canyons. In addition, the party was to survey possible dam sites under the direction of USGS Chief Hydrologist E.C. LaRue. The expedition also included USGS topographer Roland Burchard, Univeristy of Kansas geologist Dr. Raymond Moore, five boatmen, a cook, and four wooden boats. It took the group 79 days to travel 251 miles down the Colorado River. This black and white silent film, shot primarily by E.C. LaRue, was recently "rediscovered" by the USGS. It is possibly the oldest film footage ever made by the USGS.
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