Geologic Journey II - The Pacific Rim: Americas

The glaciers of Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, the foothills of California, the Atacama Desert and the Andes of Chile: they're all part of the eastern Pacific Rim and characters in the ongoing tectonic story of our planet. It's a tale of the relentless subterranean forces that have convulsed our cities and overshadow our future.

As Professor Nick Eyles of the University of Toronto Scarborough guides us along this geologic frontline, we discover the inevitable geologic journey of the Earth -- a long-term shift that will see the Pacific Ocean crust destroyed and the surrounding land masses brought together.

96-page Teacher Resource Guide, written by practicing educators, provides a wealth of activities, lesson plans and curriculum outcomes to assist in integrating the video into the classroom.

'Weaving a dramatic story and the latest science with breathtaking aerial photography, [The Pacific Rim: Americas] focuses on the destruction of oceans and the rise of mountains, and the earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions with which these violent processes are associated.' Dr. Damian Nance, Professor of Geological Sciences, Ohio University, Editor, GSA Today

'The photography is breathtaking and the science content is accurate...get ready to be amazed.' Coralee Smith, NSTA Recommends

'The Western Pacific Rim and The Pacific Rim: Americas are excellent for civics and history classes. Throughout history, individuals and society have lived with natural hazards to garner natural resources. The modern construct of plate tectonics rationally explains the occurrence of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes on the Pacific Rim along with mineral and agricultural bounty, access to the ocean, and picturesque scenery. The interviews in the series clearly illustrate how informed people address this trade-off. Both titles in the series can spark excellent discussion about the hazards and benefits of living along active plate boundaries.' Dr. Norman Sleep, Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University, Author, Principles of Geophysics

'Clear and accessible...The field locations [in The Pacific Rim: Americas] viewed from air and during field visits provide wonderful illustrations of underlying geologic dynamics, aided by historic footage of past earthquake effects. The few simple animated graphics interspersed with the film material help with explaining concepts that words and field geology can't quite bring across on their own. The film succeeds in bringing across the wide range of relevant scales of time and space of geology.' Dr. Roland Burgmann, Chair and Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California-Berkeley

'The Pacific Rim: Americas illustrates the tectonic processes from the glacier-carved mountainscapes in Alaska to the high Chilean desert. This long, convergent margin is marked by violent earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, reminding us of the vulnerability of small to very large coastal communities in the Americas. A growing record of past events demonstrates the imminent dangers awaiting these areas, but also the beautiful, sometimes eerily rugged landscapes that are created. This film is an engaging introduction to tectonic processes and the geology that shaped the western Americas.' Ben van der Pluijm, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Co-author, Earth Structure: An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics

'Blends the latest geologic findings with captivating cinematography, bringing the viewer on a worldwide tour of the tectonic forces that mold the surface of our planet...A heart-stopping adventure especially ideal for classroom viewing, or high school and public library DVD collections. Highly recommended.' The Midwest Book Review

'Exceptional...What makes this series especially compelling and of interdisciplinary interests are the discussions of the local cultures and mythologies that have developed based on historic and recent geologic activities, along with the adaptations the local peoples have made to changes in their environment. This stunning series is a valuable addition to any college, high school or public library.' Barbara Gage, Prince George's Community College, Science Books and Films


Main credits

Suzuki, David T. (narrator)
Allder, Michael (film producer)
Allder, Michael (film director)

Other credits

Editor, Jacques Milette; original music, Ken Myhr; directors of photography, Andy Binnington, Ed Middleton.

Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Earth Science
Oceans and Coasts
Plate Tectonics
Science, Technology, Society


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