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The Marine Science Institute leads a student expedition along the California Coast. Pools left behind by the receding tide reveal fascinating marine creatures. It's a delicate ecosystem affected by climate change and rising sea levels. The Sandhill Crane, a species that goes back 40 million years, is the most abundant crane species in the world. But the Greater Sandhill Crane is endangered. A preserve in Central California is working to restore their population. Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska is a place to celebrate the wonder of trees, from the discovery ride through the orchards, to the 50-foot high tree house. The farm is also developing a hazelnut hybrid to introduce as a green biodiesel crop. Plus, the winner Of Planet Connect Teen Video contest.

DVD / 2012 / (Junior High - Senior High) / 20 minutes

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Gravity from the moon creates ocean tides on earth that go out two times a day, every day of the year. This effect of the moons gravity on the oceans can be harnessed and turned into power. In fact, people have been using the power of the tides to do work for centuries. This program explores how tidal power is generated and how it works. It illustrates how the tides are created, how watermills once used the tides to grind grain, and how modern power plants use turbines to turn this constant flow of water into electricity. It also discusses how tidal power plants can work without damming estuaries and rivers. Comes complete with online teachers guide which includes subject matter revision and suggestions on how to present material, questions to ask students, career possibilities and class projects to help illustrate the key concepts.

DVD / 2012

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Take a dive into the underwater world of coral reefs and explore their importance in helping us understand much of the recent history of our oceans. The long life span of coral reefs has made them important places for scientific exploration and today much of that study deals with coral reef survival. Students will learn that the largest reef in the world is the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. Comes complete with online teachers guide which includes subject matter revision and suggestions on how to present material, questions to ask students, career possibilities and class projects to help illustrate the key concepts.

DVD / 2012

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One of the harshest environments on earth exists at the place where the sea meets the rocky shore. This visually stunning program examines the wide variety of animal and plant life that survive these difficult conditions that are caused by pounding waves during the ebb and flow of the tides. Students will come to appreciate how these plants and animals have adapted to develop unique survival mechanisms that help them find food and escape predators. Comes complete with online teachers guide which includes subject matter revision and suggestions on how to present material, questions to ask students, career possibilities and class projects to help illustrate the key concepts.

DVD / 2012

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Christmas Island, at roughly 135 square kilometers, was named after the day of its discovery- December 25th, 1643 and is home to a large population of red crabs. Sixty three percent of the island is a protected National Park. The park offers the perfect forest ecosystem for the Christmas Island Red Crab, which is endemic to the Cocos Islands and Christmas Island, both in the Indian Ocean. The Red Crabs rely on the rainy season that comes in November or December to initiate their migratory journey from the forests to the coasts. Their timing must be precise because the breeding sequence is also linked to the phases of the moon. Although the Red Crabs live inland, they require a certain level of moisture on their gills to survive.

DVD / 2011 / (Intermediate, Jr. High) / 12 minutes

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Climate change is pushing the world's coral reefs to the edge of extinction. The growing damage is an early warning of the danger climate change poses to the world's oceans and other ecosystems. These rich, sensitive ecosystems are vital to the survival of one-quarter of all sea life and the economies of many countries.

This DVD classroom resource is the ideal tool for teaching about the science of climate change, its impact on our oceans, and how coral reef ecosystems work. With its video modules and guide, Climate Change and Coral Reefs is designed to optimize student learning and engagement. It encourages student discussion, research and presentations to learn more about the issues involved and discover possible solutions to this serious environmental challenge.

The video modules and guide are aligned with national science standards -- scientific understanding, science as inquiry and science as a human endeavor.

The DVD includes:

Four 8-minute video modules hosted by Dr. Kiki Sanford.
The modules feature Dr. Sanford and excerpts from a presentation by Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg:

  • Introduction to Climate Change and Coral Reefs
  • Coral Bleaching
  • Ocean Acidification
  • The Future of Coral Reefs. The full 28-minute presentation by Prof. Hoegh-Guldberg. Details his scientific findings about the impact of climate change on coral reefs, with charts, graphs and other visuals.

    DVD (With Teacher's Guide) / 2010 / (Grades 7-Adult) / 60 minutes

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    The Earth is an amazing place. It cycles through the seasons like a giant clock. Like a heartbeat, the tides ebb and flow, summers turn to fall. It's an endless rhythm of life. The great thing about the earth is that it renews and SUSTAINS itself throughout the cycles- if we let it. But humans are now consuming so much of the earth's resources that these cycles of renewal are having a hard time keeping up. There is no way to overestimate the importance of your contribution to help sustain life on Planet Earth. Whether it is in the sciences of protecting our soil, or replanting our forests or in moving and protecting our water resource. The planet will need your help. With your interest in the green sciences it will help insure that we stay green for generations to come. So, what science will you pursue?

    DVD / 2010 / (Intermediate, Jr. High) / 22 minutes

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    Oceans cover seventy percent of our planet and are one of the most important carbon sinks we have, but the phytoplankton that convert carbon dioxide into living matter are declining. Dr. Brian von Herzen of The Climate Foundation joins forces with some of the world's foremost oceanographers--Professor David Karl of the University of Hawaii and Professor Ricardo Letelier of Oregon State University--to deploy three wave-powered pumps. They head into the huge swells of the North Pacific in an attempt to restore the critical natural mixing effect of the ocean.

    DVD / 2008 / (Grades 6-12) / 46 minutes

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    Oceans cover nearly seventy-five percent of the surfaces of the earth. The waters flow with salts, minerals and dissolved gases that provide the essentials for sea life to thrive. Many species have developed means to survive in this environment while others have existed unchanged for millions of years. Scientists believe that the depths below hold secrets of creatures yet to be discovered, and each plays an important role in the preservation of the ocean environment.

    DVD / 2008 / (Intermediate, Junior High) / Approx. 25 minutes

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    Explore the depths of the oceans and discover some of the planet's most spectacular species. From the humble huddling of schools of bait fish to the bioluminescent defense of vampire squids, the program investigates predator-prey relationships and the harsh realities of life underwater. Footage from around the globe reveals an environment that covers two-thirds of the Earth's surface yet remains largely unknown. The endangered status of the blue whale, the largest animal to ever exist, shows both the strength and fragility of the natural world and raises questions about the importance of wildlife conservation.

    DVD / 2007 / (Grades 6-12) / 42 minutes

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    The very newest series for young viewers, of all ages, on the most potentially devastating and powerful phenomena known to man. A virtual what, how, when, where, why and wow of Mother Nature's most wild side. Each program includes carefully chaptered segments covering all the principal elements of understanding for any age viewer.

    DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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    More than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water. Use this DVD to impress upon your students the importance of the seven seas to people, the marine food chain, and the planet as a whole. Topics include the various kinds of currents and the forces that influence them, tides and waves (what they are, what causes them, and how they're classified), features of the seabed, and the formation and shaping of coastlines. A basic explanation of how oceans have been affected by human activity is also provided.

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    DVD / 2006 / (Grades 7-12) / 21 minutes

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    Shoreline habitats thrive with many different species of wildlife, and this ecosystem depends on the balance of all the living things that reside in these zones. Our goal is to keep our shoreline habitats healthy and appealing for wildlife and humans alike. As scientists and environmentalists work with developers to preserve these sensitive areas, we should be able to successfully coexist in these vital environments.

    DVD / 2006 / (Intermediate, Junior High)

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    This is a remake of the best-selling 1985 video of the same name. Updated with graphics/animation, exciting new footage and a specific science/physics focus, this film provides an excellent summary of the nature of waves, as illustrated by waves in the ocean. Topics covered include:

  • How waves are formed by the wind.
  • Elliptical paths of water particles in a wave.
  • Wave characteristics- amplitude, wave height, wavelength, period, speed, frequency íP Interference
  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Diffraction
  • Translatory waves
  • Why & how waves break

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    DVD / 2004 / 24 minutes

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    The Global Ocean Realm explores in depth many of the complex and dynamic oceanic events that occur around the world. Topics include the volcanic mid-oceanic ridge system, seamounts, volcanic islands, deep-sea trenches, the continental shelf, turbidity currents, ocean currents, coastal wave action, barrier islands, tidal patterns, coral reefs, and the abyssal plains.

    DVD / 2002 / (Grades 9-12)

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    This fascinating and informative video explores the incredible variety of plant and animal life found on coral reefs. From islands in the Pacific Ocean to the Florida Keys, people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds explains what's happening to coral reefs in their communities. Students learn why coral reefs are called "vanishing treasures." A marvelous program for the study of biomes, conservation, ecology, and oceanography.

    DVD / 1999 / (Grades 6-8)

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    The modern-day classic CONNECTIONS explores the intricate links between historic events. In this episode, an American scientist ponders the problem of nuclear fusion in 1951. From the connections between the Eiffel Tower and modern oceanography, the Global Net is developed.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 1998 / (Grades 9-12) / 50 minutes

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    Deep beneath the ocean's surface live creatures Darwin could only have imagined in the 1800s. His observations were vastly limited by the technology of the times. This video gets you in on a groundbreaking research project that picks up where Darwin left off.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 1997 / (Grades 6-8) / 51 minutes

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    An inspirational film showing the beauty and order behind the movement of the ocean wave. Using clear and concise language and supporting imagery, we explain how waves are formed by the wind, elliptical paths of water particles in a wave, reflection off cliffs, bending by shallow water, sets and how to catch a wave.

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    DVD / 1985 / 20 minutes

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