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00:24:49
An interview with Mel Zucker, Professor of Geology, Skyline College, San Bruno, California.

In the early 1900s, German meteorologist Alfred Wegener suggested that the earth's continents were once a single landmass that had somehow split into pieces, drifting their separate ways. Geologists the world over called his idea preposterous. Decades later, their ridicule shifted to admiration as new tools developed by the military to map the ocean floors revealed the engine that drives the continents' movement. Geology professor Mel Zucker tells the story of this brilliant earth scientist and how, long after his death, science finally caught up with Wegener's crazy idea.

Project: Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know? | Browse All

Date: August 20, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:02:53
The Ice Stories crew caught up with glaciologist Mark Fahnestock on his way back home after a few weeks camping near Greenland's Jakobshavn Isbrę, the most productive and among the fastest-moving glaciers in the world. In this interview, Mark describes some of the physics of this speedy glacier and why so many scientists are interested in studying the dynamics of Jakobshavn.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: August 12, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:02:33
In the summer of 2008, the only helicopter in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, was effectively grounded by a diamond company, leaving scientists and logistics coordinators to frantically rearrange their field plans.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: July 24, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
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In this video interview from Greenland, geologist Tom Neumann from the University of Vermont explains how he and his colleagues are attempting to read the history of the Greenland Ice Sheet by collecting and analyzing rocks spit out from the base of the glacier.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: July 22, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:05:19
Landings and take-offs of helicopters, a twin otter airplane, a LC-130 Hercules transport plane; and a shot of a Hagglund tracked vehicle. Transportation used in Greenland to do scientific research.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: July 21, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:01:27
Kenn Borek Twin Otter lands at the Ilulissat Airport, Greenland

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: July 21, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science,
Running Time:
00:03:01
Interview with galciologist Sarah Das (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) from atop the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: July 21, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:02:21
Interview with glaciologist Ian Joughin (Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington) atop the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: July 21, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:02:12
From atop the Greenland Ice Sheet, Kristin Poinar, a graduate student at the University of Washington, describes observing first-hand the sudden rapid draining of a huge glacial lake.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: July 18, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:01:52
From atop the Greenland Ice Sheet, Chris Linder, a photographer from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, describes observing first-hand the sudden rapid draining of a huge glacial lake.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: July 18, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science