This is SDSU Geology Professor Dr. Pat Abbott's first installment in his "Written In Stone" series, about the last million years of Earth history along the San Diego coast, produced in 2002.
With Dr. Abbott's permission, I have added the video to my YouTube channel, now closed captioned.
Here's the link: http://youtu.be/-drjJoRGfAk (new window)
With Dr. Pat Abbott, Professor of Geology, San Diego State University
Dr. Pat Abbott explains how earthquakes have shaped the scenery and the character of the greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Abbott shows how faults capable of large earthquakes lie beneath most of the area, posing great risk to the millions of people living in earthquake country. Animations illustrate how and why earthquakes happen, how mountains and valleys have formed as a result, how the ground will shake in large earthquakes, and why this shaking is so destructive to buildings. Dr. Abbott also shows how to evaluate your home for earthquake safety and explains how to reduce the devastating effects of earthquakes.
It can now be found on my YouTube Channel, with closed captioning (CC), at http://youtu.be/axLLD80Aa9I - turn on the CC's if you need them.
You may also download the entire video or watch it online chapter by chapter! Go to http://www.earthquakecountry.info/video/complete.html (open in a new window).
Reinventing the encyclopedia game - Rives
Do you know what point on the surface of the Earth is farthest from its center? Hint: it's not Mount Everest, it's not in Hawaii, it's in Ecuador.
Here's a TED talk from a couple years back that verifies what I've been saying about the smoothness of the surface of Earth - it truly IS smoother than a billiard ball!
Prompted by the Encyclopaedia Britannica ending its print publication, performance poet Rives resurrects a game from his childhood. Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Rives takes us on a charming tour through random (and less random) bits of human knowledge: from Chimborazo, the farthest point from the center of the Earth, to Ham the Astrochimp, the first chimpanzee in outer space.
The link: https://youtu.be/z_rrcpN9Hoc
Robert Ballard on Exploring the Oceans
About this talk: Ocean explorer Robert Ballard takes us on a mind-bending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?
About Robert Ballard: On more than 120 deep-sea expeditions, Robert Ballard has made many major natural discoveries, such as the deep-sea vents. Oh, and he found the Titanic.
The link: https://youtu.be/qHU8G6icwsY