Videos for Teachers

The Maine State Library's Educational Video Library will provide copies of a variety of geologic videos. Consult their catalog for a description of available titles. The Maine Geological Survey, in cooperation with the University of Maine at Farmington, produced the following five videos for the Curriculum Resources for Earth Science Teachers program. These videos are available to Maine teachers at no cost. The Educational Video Library home page provides ordering instructions and listings of other available videos.

Maine's Water Resources, 1992, length - 20 minutes

Discover how important water is in your everyday life and explore the problems and risks to our water resources. Learn about the hydrologic cycle and how pollutants can enter streams, lakes, and the ocean. Accompany a geological survey seismic crew as they gather data on Maine's ground water. Contemplate the ways in which we can prevent contamination of this invaluable resource.

The Ice Age in Maine, 1992, length - 27 minutes

Experience the last Ice Age in Maine. Learn how glaciers form and move. View the evidence of glacial erosion and deposition across the state of Maine, including the biggest boulder in the state! Visit features such as eskers, glacial erratics, striations, deltas, and moraines. Examine fossil shells and spruce wood that dates from 11,000 years ago. Consider evidence of marine inundation along the Maine coast.

In Search of the Missing Iapetus Ocean, 1992, length - 40 minutes

Can you solve the mystery of the lost Iapetus Ocean? Puzzle over the differences in the rocks of New England. Why are the rocks in eastern New England similar to rocks in Europe? Learn how a geologist interprets the geologic history of a rock formation. Experience the movement of continents and ocean floors as the Earth's surface evolved. Consider how these forces created today's landscape. Travel across New England and read the story in the rocks.

Piecing Together Maine's Coastal Geologic Puzzle, 1992, length - 38 minutes

See how dramatic geologic forces shaped the coast of Maine and how the forces of the ocean continue to alter it today. Visit sandy and rocky beaches of the past and present. Experience research cruises in the Gulf of Maine as scientists endeavor to piece together an exciting history of the Gulf of Maine. Go from "down south" to "down east," and get a sense of the complex and dynamic geologic history of the coast of Maine!!

Discovering Maine's Mineral Resources, 1992, length - 48 minutes

Delve into Maine's recent and distant geologic past. Discover how its rocks and minerals formed and how Maine people have been utilizing them for generations. Get a taste of its historic and modern mining operations, from sulfide deposits in Blue Hill, to coastal granite quarries, to western Maine gem mines. Come along on a demonstration interview at the Monson slate quarry to see how slate is quarried and milled into beautiful and enduring flooring, sinks, countertops, headstones, wallstones, and flagstones. Join us in discovering Maine's mineral resources.

Last updated on October 6, 2005