Geology Videos


Here’s a list of some of the geology-related videos in my collection.  I encourage geology majors and enthusiastic non-major geology students to borrow these and view them.


If interested, please talk to me some time or e-mail me (“stjohn.2” at “”).



Ancient Monster Hunters (2004, VHS, 1 hour) - a History Channel documentary that covers Adrienne Mayor’s book on the connection between paleontology and Greek & Roman-aged folklore.


Chengjiang Biota, the Evidence of the Cambrian Explosion (1999, VHS, 0.7 hour) - a general overview of the soft-bodied fossils in the Chengjiang Lagerstätte (Lower Cambrian, Yunnan Province, South China).


Earthquake (1990, VHS, 1 hour) - a summary of seismology, or earthquake science, and shows the aftermath of San Francisco Bay’s 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, plus many earlier historic earthquakes.  Also covers paleoseismology - the study of ancient earthquakes using sedimentary deposits.


Eruption Update, a Firsthand Account of the Current Eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Fall 2010 (2010, DVD, 1.5 hours) - excellent, with a self-explanatory title.


Flint Ridge, Ohio’s Original Art & Industry (2008, DVD, 1.5 hours) - mostly focuses on archaeological artifacts made from the flint at Flint Ridge (Vanport Filnt), with a little geologic info. too.


Landslide: Gravity Kills (1999, VHS, 1 hour) - an introduction to mass wasting, a category of natural disasters generally called landslides.


Lava Flows and Lava Tubes, What They Are, How They Form, 2004 Edition (2004, DVD, 1.25 hours) - some of the best footage I’ve seen of active lava flow eruptions at the Hawaii Hotspot and ancient lava flows in various American parks.


Mammoth Cave National Park (2001, DVD, 1.25 hours) - excellent summary of the geology and biology and the development of Mammoth Cave as a world-class tourist site.


Mysterious Life of Caves (2002, DVD, 1 hour) - focuses on sulfuric acid caves in Mexico (Villa Luz) and New Mexico (Carlsbad & Lechuguilla), the discovery of acidic speleothems, and life forms that thrive in hyperacidic cave environments.  Excellent.


Ohio Crude, the Excitement of Ohio’s Gas & Oil Booms (1985, DVD, 2 hours) - covers the history of Ohio’s petroleum geology, starting with the Pennsylvania oil rush.  Most of the video covers the northwestern Ohio natural gas & oil booms of the late 1800s.  Excellent.


The Price of Paradise, “Memories of Montserrat”, the Storyof the Eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano, 2007 Edition (2007, DVD, 2.25 hours) - lots of footage documenting volcanic activity on the Caribbean island of Montserrat.  The Soufriere Hills Volcano there became active in 1995, had a big eruption in 1997, and has been active ever since.  Shot by David Lea, who used to do Christian videos, and now does volcano videos.


Volcanoes of the Deep (1999, VHS, 1 hour) - footage of seafloor hydrothermal vents (black smokers) at mid-ocean ridges.  Shows the collection and recovery of several black smoker chimneys destined for scientific study and museum display.  Excellent.


VolcanoScapes, Pele’s March to the Pacific! (1987, DVD, 0.6 hour)

VolcanoScapes II, Kilauea Volcano Rages On! (1988, DVD, 1 hour)

  - both of these have footage of the early- to mid-1980s phases of the Kilauea Volcano lava flow eruptions at the Hawaii Hotspot.



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