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Dive to the Edge of Creation
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[ca. 1980] (Creation)
- National Geographic Society
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1 videocassette (60 min.): VHS; col., sd.
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The National Geographic Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to exploring our planet, protecting wildlife and habitats, and helping assure that students in K-12 are geographically literate. For almost 130 years, they have funded groundbreaking scientists and explorers and shared their findings with the world.
More information can be found at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
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A documentary following a team of biologists and geologists 1 1/2 miles below the ocean surface where they discover worlds of life around thermal vents which are supported by bacteria that convert chemicals into organic matter. This landmark dive confirmed aspects of the theory of plate tectonics and yielded important biological discoveries. The underwater footage was filmed from the Alvin submersible, which traveled aboard the mothership Lulu. Hydrothermal vents are one of the greatest discoveries of the twentieth century and are theorized to be the originators of life on earth.
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Donated to the Ryerson University Library by Dr. Joe McInnis.
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Viewing access within Ryerson University Library or by permission.
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Produced by National Geographic Society and WQED TV, Pittsburgh
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The footage was captured at the Galapagos Rift off the coast of Panama in the Pacific Ocean in 1979.
producer and writer, James Lipscomb ; directors, James Lipscomb, Al Giddings; Photography and technical development, Emory Kristof, Fred Ingle, Alvin M. Chancler Sr., Claude E. Petrone and Ralph White, Narrator, Leslie Nielson
Videocassette release of an episode of "A National Geographic special." Originally produced as a film in 1980.
Typed note on cassette: Dive to the Edge of Creation --- dub