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USGS Educational Videos and Animations


Most USGS videos and and animations created since January 2009 are posted on the USGS Multimedia Gallery. All videos on that site have captioning or associated text. Newer videos can also be found on the USGS YouTube channel.

The following is a collection of USGS videos and animations created before 2009 plus more recent videos and animations that are especially appropriate for classroom use. Although by no means exhaustive, the list provides a broad representation of USGS research available through visual media. The USGS is a Federal agency and cannot copyright its products. With one indicated exception, all of these products are considered public domain and may be viewed, downloaded, and reproduced free of charge.

 
Overviews of USGS Science and USGS Careers
Science for a Changing World
This 2012 video describes a brief history of the USGS, the significance of USGS work, and the USGS mission in today's world.
Details Format: MP4, FLV, YouTube
Length: 8 min.
USGS Careers—Not Just Rocks
What can you do when you work for the USGS? This video is a general overview of how USGS scientists do science. This video is targeted to student audiences.
Details Format: MP4, FLV, YouTube
Length: 15 min.
Overview of the USGS Menlo Park Center in California
Briefly introduces the San Francisco Bay Area, shows the USGS campus and facilities in Menlo Park, and includes interviews with scientists who describe their work.
Details Format: Flash
Length: 7 min.
Overview of the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center in Wisconsin
Narrated throughout. Contains footage of scientists at work in the office, lab, and field. Many of them describe the kind of work they do in the Great Lakes area and Mississippi River Basin and why it's important.
Details Format: Flash, Quicktime
Length: varies
   
Astrogeology
Historic Films Related to Astronaut Training
The USGS was heavily involved in planning and training for the Apollo moon landings. As part of their work, they reproduced a 10-acre swatch of Mare Tranquillitatis and built a model of the Apollo rover. Learn more in a series of videos.
Details Format: Flash
Length: 8 min.
Titan Cassini Sotra Cryovolcanism Flyover
Titan's possible ice volcano is explained.
Details Format: Quicktime
Length: 2 min.
Io Rotation Animation
A mosaic model globe of Jupiter's moon Io was produced by combining the best images from the Voyager1 and Galileo Missions. Watch it rotate in this animation.
Details Format: mpeg
Length: < 1 min.
Rotating Globe of Ganymede Geology
Animation of a rotating globe of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, with a geologic map superimposed over a global color mosaic.
Details Format: YouTube
Length: < 1 min.
   
Biology
Precipice of Survival: The Southern Sea Otter
Documentary film made in 2004 that traces the history of California’s sea otters from the onset of the Pacific maritime fur trade to the present. Focuses on the broad collaborative research effort to better understand these charismatic creatures.
Details Format: WMV, QuickTime
Length: 48 min.
Tracking Pacific Walrus: Expedition to the Shrinking Chukchi Sea Ice
Documentary film made in 2012 that follows walruses in their summer sea ice habitat in Athe Chukchi Sea and shows how USGS biologists use satellite radio tags to track their movements and behavior. There is also a one minute trailer for this video.
Details Format: YouTube
Length: 12 min.
Additional Walrus Footage
Film footage from 2011 and 2012 showing walrus radio tagging, female Pacifric walruses and their calves resting on shore near Point Lay Alaska, and aerial views of walruses hauled out near Point Lay, Alaska.
Details Format: Quicktime, Flash, YouTube
Length: < 4 min.
Walrus-tagging Surveys
Animations for spring walrus tagging locations in Alaska, 2004-present.
Details Format: GIF
Length: continuous

Polar Bear - Point of View Cams
Compilation of raw footage recorded by a camera-equipped radro collar that was put on a female polar bear in the Beaufort Sear in April 2014. This is the first ever footage from a free-ranging polar bear on Arctic sea ice.

Details Format: YouTube
Length: 2 min.
Sonoran Desert: Fragile Land of Extremes
Documentary film made in 2003 showing how USGS biologists work with other scientists in an effort to better understand native plants and animals such as desert tortoises, saguaro cacti, and Gila monsters. Much of the program was filmed in and around Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 28 min.
The Heat is On: Desert Tortoises and Survival
Documentary film (2010) that explains why the Mojave Desert tortoise, which is an important indicator of desert ecosystem health, is declining and what scientists are doing to save them. The film can also be downloaded here. A 4-minute excerpt covers Gila monsters.
Details Format:
Length: 31 min.
Hatching of a Mojave Desert Tortoise
A short movie depicting the hatching of a Mojave Desert Tortoise. Click here for more information about the research project.
Details Format: MP4,
Length: 4 min.
Wetlands Revival
2009 film covering the role of science in restoring south San Francisco Bay's salt ponds to wetland habitat.
Details Format: WMV, MOV
Length: 26 min.
Status of Grizzly Bears in Northwest Montana
Video footage of grizzly bears in the wild taken by a remote camera and combined with audio from an interview with the research biologist in charge of the grizzly bear study. Click here for more grizzly bear videos and information about the research project.
Details Format: MP4, FLV
Length: 7 minutes
Wolf - Bear Interaction in Glacier National Park
Fascinating video footage of a grizzly bear with two cubs interacting with a lone wolf in Glacier National Park. Taken by remote, motion-triggered video camera.
Details Format: WMV, Flash
Length: 5 min.
Remote Camera Wildlife in Montana
Video footage of black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, elk, a wolverine, and other wildlife at bear rubs, baited hair traps, and other locations in northwest montana. All films were taken by remote, motion-triggered cameras. Scroll down the page for video thumbnails.
Details Format: Flash, WMV
Length: < 3 min.
Bird Identification
Extensive list of North American birds with identification information. Some include video or bird call. Those with video include the black vulture, snow goose, Canada goose, brant, wood duck, American black duck, and mallard.
Details Format: QuickTime
Length: < 1 min.
Secret Lives of Wildlife Exposed
Short videos of animals in the wild, including mountain lions, long-tailed weasels, and mountain beavers.
Details Format: RealPlayer
Length: varies
Agricultural Influences on Movement and Habitat Selection by Northern Leopard Frogs
Short film describing a study of how farm ponds are used by the northern leopard frog. Includes audio. This is a brief but excellent example of how a field study is structured and carried out.
Details Format: MPG, Flash
Length: 5 min.
Size: 1.6
Whooping Cranes
Take a look at the Whooping Crane Project at the USGS Patuxent National Wildlife health center. Review the health, exercise, diet, and training of these birds that were once on the brink of extinction. Includes captions file.
Details Format: MP4, 3GP, FLV
Length: 16 min.
Sea Ducks
Includes information on tracking sea ducks using satellite telemetry, the food habits of sea ducks, and the formation of a captive sea duck colony at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Comes in three chapters. Narrated throughout.
Details Format: RealPlayer
Length: 6+ min.
Unraveling Mysteries of the Common Loon
Video podcast that describes the life of the common loon as captured by research scientists using modern technologis.
Details Length: 7 min.
Loon Migration in the North Central and Northeastern U.S.
Animations that track common loons as they migrate in the central and northeastern U.S.
Details Format: Flash
Length: < 2 min.
Paddlefish Project
Film providing a comprehensive overview of the Paddlefish Project. Includes interviews with project scientists. Narrated throughout.
Details Format: MP4, FLV
Length: 6 min.
Alligator and Amphibian Research in the Florida Everglades
Three videos showing the capture and handling of an alligator. Audio but no narration.
Details Format: AVI
Length: 1+ min.
Seasonal Distribution of Bats
Animation showing the seasonal distribution of hoary bats, silver-haired bats, and red bats in the conterminous U.S.
Details Format: WMV
Length: < 1 min.
Tracking Animal Movement with Radio-Telemetry in Alaska
Animations that track polar bears, loons, salmon, brant geese, long-tailed ducks, and common eider.
Details Length: varies
   
Climate Change
Glacier Erasure: South Cascade Glacier in a Changing Climate
Time lapse images from 1958-2006 showing changes to South Cascade Glacier in Skagit County, Washington.
Details Format: Flash
Length: 3 min.
Climate-induced Glacier Change in Glacier National Park
Shows glacier change in the Blackfoot-Jackson Basin of Glacier National Park from 1850 to 2100.
Details Format: GIF
Length: continuous
Climate Connections
USGS scientists answer climae change questions from members of the public and students around the country: Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Glacier National Park, Montana; Mt. Airy, North Carolina; North and South Carolina; and Puerto Rico.
Details Format: MP4, FLV, YouTube
Length: 6 min.
   
Coastal and Marine Science
The Effects of Globally Transported African and Asian Dust on Coral Reef and Human Health
Mini-documentary movie. Scientists explain the importance of coral reefs, the deterioration of Caribbean coral health, and the implications of trans-Atlantic dust transport.
Details Format: Windows Media, MP4, MOV, 3GP, FLV
Length: 10 min.
Sea-Level Rise
Time-lapse animations showing maps of sea-level uprising at locations around the globe and the population numbers that could be impacted.
Details Format: AVI
Length: < 1 min.
Wetlands and Watershed Videos
Over twenty videos from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center related to wetlands in Louisiana and the Mississippi River Delta. Most of the focus is on coastal areas.
Details Format: varies
Length: varies
Woods Hole Science Center Animations and Movies
Over a dozen animations and movies covering bathymetry, Didemnum colonies, and divers collecting ocean-bottom cores. Some have narration; others have sound but no narration.
Details Format: varies
Length: varies
South Moloka'i Reef Tract
Three brief underwater videos showing the coral reefs of the island of Moloka’i in Hawaii. No audio.
Details Format: QuickTime
Length: < 1 min.
Hydraulic Mining Debris in San Francisco Bay, 1887–1998
Animations of hydraulic mining debris deposition and subsequent erosion in San Francisco Bay. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the links.
Details Format: GIF
Length: 1 min.
Fly-By Movies from Selected Seafloor Studies
Animated fly-by movies of the bathymetry at Lake Tahoe, Crater Lake, West Florida, and the Los Angeles margin. Click on "Movie" for each location.
Details Format: QuickTime
Length: < 1 min.
   
Earthquakes
USGS Earthquake Hazards Team Seminar Series
Archive (2000-present) of lectures given at the USGS offices in Menlo Park, California on a variety of earthquake-related topics. Most of these lectures are designed for a technical, scientific audience. Click on blue video icon at the right side of the page. Go here for a collection of less-technical earthquake lectures.
Details Format: MP4
Length: 1 hour
Shock Waves: One Hundred Years after the 1906 Earthquake
This 2006 USGS film (nominated for an Emmy award) shows the century of progress that science and engineering have made since the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Includes dramatic historical footage, reenactments, colorful animations, and interviews with earthquake experts.
Details Format: Flash
Length: 46 min.
When the Bay Area Quakes
Film made in 1990 documenting the science and social implications of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that created heavy damage throughout the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 22 min.
Preparedness Now
Video depicting the consequences of a hypothetical major earthquake in southern California.
Details Format: FLV, 3GP, MP4
Length: 5 min.
Parkfield Earthquake Video
Video of magnitude 6.2 earthquake at Parkfield, California, on September 28, 2004.
Details Format: MPG, WMV
Length: < 1 min.
Animations for Earthquake Terms and Concepts
Animations illustrating 16 different earthquake terms and concepts. A 680 KB zip file of all animations can be downloaded.
Details Format: Flash
Length: < 1 min.
1906 San Francisco Earthquake Ground Motion Simulations
Earthquake models that recreate ground motion during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (M7.8) and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (M6.9). Files are available in low resolution (3.7 megabytes) or high resolution (15 megabytes).
Details Format: QuickTime
Length: 1+ min.
Hayward Fault Ground Motion Simulations
Computer simulations of ground motion during large, anticipated earthquakes on the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults on the east side of San Francisco Bay. Files are available in low, high, and high definition resolutions.
Details Format: QuickTime
Length: 1+ min.
1964 Quake: The Great Alaska Earthquake
Video made in 2014 for the 50th anniversary of the M9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake. Scientists explain the earthquake and related tsunamis. This earthquake triggered a critical understanding of how plate tectonics work. An abridged, 4-minute version is also available.
Alaskan Earthquake Seismic Waves
Animation of global seismic waves generated by the M7.9 earthquake in central Alaska in 2002. Reload page to restart animation.
Details Format: GIF
Length: 1 min.
The Northern California Earthquake, April 18, 1906
Animations of epicenter, rupture speeds, and shaking and intensity of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Scroll down to "Tour of the Rupture."
Details Format: varies
Length: varies
   
Geology
The Living Rock: the Earth's Continental Crust
This beautiful film is a global tour of geologic processes narrated by many USGS scientists. In addition to the imagery, the movie includes advanced computer-generated animations.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 1 hour
The Future of Energy Gases
Film explains the different types of energy sources our nation has used over its history. Includes the technology, economics, and effects on the environment associated with each source. Also addresses solar, wind, and nuclear power; and gas hydrates. A fine primer appropriate for all ages.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 30 min.
Gas Hydrate Laboratory
Video of the USGS Gas Hydrate Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. Scientists briefly explain how they use the laboratory to study gas hydrate and the importance of their work. Includes footage of frozen gas hydrate burning and dissociating into water plus gas. Gas hydrate occurs naturally in ocean sediments.
Details Format: Flash
Length: 7 min.
Experimental Rock-Water Interaction Laboratory
Video of the USGS Experimental Rock-Water Interaction Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. Scientists demonstrate how they use the laboratory to study reactions between rocks and fluids. The results help model oceanic processes and the sub-surface storage of excess carbon dioxide (CO2).
Details Format: Flash
Length: 7 min.
Geology of Hydrocarbons
Over two dozen animations originally created for USGS videos prior to 2000.
Details Format: MPG
Length: varies
Miscellaneous Geology Animations
A list of miscellaneous animations that were created for USGS videos prior to 2000. Includes rotating globe showing visible night-time lights, an illustration of the greenhouse effect, and the creation of an oil deposit.
Details Format: MPG
Length: varies
Antarctic 2007 3D fly-through of McMurdo Station
This animation flies over Cape Roberts, onto the Ross Ice Shelf, and across Ross Island where McMurdo Station is located. For more information go to http://lima.usgs.gov/browse.php.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 3+ min.
Antarctic 3D fly-through of the Dry Valley Area
This animation starts above the Washington Monument then moves to Antarctica where it zooms in on Wright and Taylor Dry Valleys and Ross Island. For more information go to http://lima.usgs.gov/browse.php.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 3+ min.
   
Geomagnetism
Secrets in Stone
Film chronicling the scientific discoveries in the early 1960s that led to acceptance of the plate tectonics theory. Produced in 1996, this film traces the history of the hypothesis of continental drift, its early dismissal by experts, and the rise in acceptance after geomagnetic polarity reversals were shown to match magnetic anomalies on the sea floor. The film is shown as part of a public lecture at the USGS. The entire lecture is 65 minutes (short intro, then film, then long question/answer). The film itself is 25 minutes.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 25–65 min.
Magnetic Field Changes Over Time
Animations showing global change in declination from 1590 to 1990.
Details Format: Flash, GIF
Length: < 1 min.
Hazards: Geomagnetic Storms
USGS scientists talk about the important consequences of space weather. What is space weather? How do we monitor the Earth's magnetic field? What are the continuing challenges?
Details Format: YouTube
Length: 8 min.
   
Landslides, Debris Flows, and Sinkholes
Riding the Storm: Landslide Danger in the San Francisco Bay Area
Film produced in 2006 about landslide science and landslide hazards in the San Francisco Bay Area. Focus is on a catastrophic 1982 rainstorm that triggered 18,000 landslides. An 11-minute "trailer" of the film in AVI or MP4 format is also available.
Details Format: MP4
Length: 1 hour
Debris Flow Dynamics
Although made in 1984, this is still the most popular film at the USGS Training Center. It covers the basic characteristics and behavior of a debris flow and includes a great deal of footage from many different locations.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 22 min.
Debris Flows (Volcano Web Short)
Debris flows are hazardous flows of rock, sediment and water that surge down mountain slopes. Hydrologist Richard Iverson describes debris-flow research and explains how experiments are conducted at the USGS. Spectacular footage makes clear the destructive power of these events.
Details Length: 4 minutes
Fly-Bys and Animations of Landslides
Fly-bys and computer simulations of landslides in the San Francisco Bay area and the Sierra Nevada.
Details Format: GIF, MPG
Length: < 1 min.
The Science of Sinkholes
A brief discussion on sinkholes and related science.
Details Length: 2 min.
   
Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics
Short, looping animations that illustrate various concepts of tectonic plate movement.
Details Format: GIF, MPG
Length: varies
   
Tsunamis
Tsunami Preparedness in Oregon
Distinguishes between a local tsunami and a distant event, focuses on the specific tsunami hazards of the Oregon coast, and offers guidelines for correct tsunami response and community preparedness. Includes captioning.
Details Format: Flash
Length: 8 min.
Marin Tsunami
Tells the story of what several coastal communities in Marin County, California (north of San Francisco) are doing to be prepared for a tsunami. Includes captioning.
Details Format: Flash
Length: 14 min.
Tsunami Preparedness along the U.S. West Coast
Explains why tsunamis occur, distinguishes between a local tsunami and a distant event, and offers guidelines for correct tsunami response and community preparedness.
Details Format: Flash
Length: 10 min.
December 2004 Tsunami Disaster: Reports from Field Teams in Sumatra and Sri Lanka
USGS lecture presented to a scientific audience in February, 2005 describing initial findings of international tsunami-survey teams in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 1+ hour
Tsunamis: Lessons and Questions from the Indian Ocean Disaster
USGS public lecture given in June, 2005 covering the Indian Ocean tsunami and the implications for tsunamis on the west coast of the United States.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 1+ hour
Tsunami Animations
Animations from the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26, 2004, and the Papua, New Guinea, tsunami of 1998. Also, hypothetical animations of tsunamis along Pacific Northwest coast.
Details Format: QuickTime, GIF
Length: < 1 min.
   
Urban Growth and Land Use
Urban Growth
Animations for urban growth in the Baltimore-Washington area (1792-1992) and the San Francisco Bay area (1800-1900).
Details Format: WMV
Length: 6 sec.
Cropland by County Since 1850 and Population Since 1790
A time series data set of cropland and population proportions at the county level.
Details Format: HTML
Length: < 1 min.
   
Volcanoes
Volcano Web Shorts: Photogrammetry
Photogrammetry is the science of making precise measurements using photography. USGS geologist Angie Diefenbach describes how she uses a digital camera and computer software to understand the growth rate of lava domes during a volcanic eruption.
Details Length: 3 minutes
Volcano Watch Web Short: Debris Flows
Debris flows are hazardous flows of rock, sediment and water that surge down mountain slopes. Hydrologist Richard Iverson describes debris-flow research and explains how experiments are conducted at the USGS. Spectacular footage makes clear the destructive power of these events.
Details Length: 4 minutes
Volcano Watch Web Short: Seismology
USGS volcano seismologist, Seth Moran, describes how seismology and seismic networks are used to mitigate volcanic hazards.
Details Length: 3 minutes
Volcano Web Shorts: Volcanic Ash Impacts
Volcanic ash is the most widespread of all volcanic hazards. USGS geologist Larry Mastin describes how volcanic ash can disrupt lives many thousands of miles from an erupting volcano.
Details Length: 3 minutes
Volcano Watch Web Short: Societal Impacts of Volcanism
USGS geologist, Angie Diefenbach, describes how she uses GIS, (Geographic Information Systems) software to study volcanic eruptions and their impacts on society.
Details Length: 2 minutes
Volcano Monitoring Animations
Short videos that show how USGS scientists monitor Volcanic Deformation, Volcanic Earthquakes, and Volcanic Gas.
Details Length: 1 minute
Yes! Yellowstone is a Volcano
The USGS Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory answers the questions: "How do we know Yellowstone is a volcano?", "What is a Supervolcano?", "What is a Caldera?","Why are there geysers at Yellowstone?", and "What are the other geologic hazards in Yellowstone?" (open captions)
Details Format: QuickTime, FLV, YouTube
Length: 8 min.
Yellowstone Volcano Observatory
The USGS Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory answers the questions: "What is YVO?", "How do you monitor volcanic activity at Yellowstone?", "How are satellites used to study deformation?", "Do you monitor geysers or any other aspect of the Park?", and "Are earthquakes and ground deformation common at Yellowstone?" (open captions)
Details Format: QuickTime, FLV, YouTube
Length: 8 min.
Yellowstone Eruptions
The USGS Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory answers the questions: When was the last supereruption at Yellowstone?", "Have any eruptions occurred since the last supereruption?", "Is Yellowstone overdue for an eruption?", "What does the magma below indicate about a possible eruption?", "What else is possible?", and "Why didn't you think the Yellowstone Lake earthquake swarm would lead to an eruption?" (open captions)
Details Format: QuickTime, FLV, YouTube
Length: 7 min.
Caldera Demonstration Model
Demonstration of how a caldera forms using flour, a balloon, and a bicycle pump.
Details Format: YouTube
Length: 2 min.
Yellowstone Videos
A collection of all USGS videoss related to Yellowstone Volcano.
Details Format: varies
Length: varies
Kilauea Volcano - Eruption Shorts
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory frequently posts interesting Quicktime movies on their ever-changing Images page. Scroll and look for images with the USGS logo in the lower right hand corner. Find more movies in their image archive.
Details Format: QuickTime
Length: < 2 min.
Selected Time-lapse Movies of the East Rift Zone Eruption of Kilauea Volcano, 2004–2008
The 26 time-lapse movies in this report were selected for their content and aesthetic appeal. They document a variety of flow-field and vent processes from Kīlauea’s ongoing east rift zone eruption.
Details Format: QuickTime
Length: <2 minutes
Refilling of Pu`u `O`o Crater (July 13, 2007)
A video made from images collected by a time-lapse camera showing lava flows ponding behind and over-topping self-made levees in Pu`u `O`o Crater on the island of Hawaii. This is an excellent example of the deposition and build-up of pahoehoe lava.
Details Format: QuickTime, Embedded video
Length: < 1 minute
Molten Paradise
Follow USGS scientists at work after a dramatic 2002 eruption at Hawai'i's Kilauea Volcano. Scientists are interviewed and shown collecting molten lava. Spectacular photography. Segments of this film are on the USGS Natural Hazards YouTube channel.
Details Format: Adobe Flash
Length: 27 min.
Kilauea Volcano (Hawaii) Eruptions – May 29, 2003
Short movies of eruptions at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano in May 2003. These are fine examples of non-explosive volcanic eruptions.
Details Format: QuickTime, AVI
Length: < 1 min.
Kilauea Volcano (Hawaii) Eruptions, July 21, 2002
Videos of eruptive activity at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on July 21, 2002. Scroll down to "31 July 2002."
Details Format: AVI, QuickTime
Length: 10–16 seconds
The Eruption of Kilauea 1959–1960
Beautifully restored award-winning USGS film documenting the eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii in 1959 and 1960. Includes spectacular footage of the highest lava fountains ever recorded and of the formation of Kilauea Iki lava lake. Narrated throughout.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 28 min.
Early Hawaiian Volcano Footage
Films of Mauna Loa volcano and Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupting in the 1930s and 1940s. Includes the second black and white film ever produced of an erupting volcano and the earliest color film of an erupting volcano. Comes in five "chapters." Significant footage of flowing lava. A 3-minute version is also available.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 66 min.
Mount St. Helens: May 18, 1980
In this 2010 video, USGS scientists recount their experiences before, during and after the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Loss of their colleague David A. Johnston and 56 others in the eruption cast a pall over one of the most dramatic geologic moments in American history.
Details Format: Windows Media, MP4, 3GP, FLV
Length: 8 min.
Mount St. Helens: Catalyst for Change
Shows how the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens triggered a growth in volcano science and volcano monitoring.
Details Format: Windows Media, MP4
Length: 7 min.
Mount St. Helens 1980 Ash Cloud as Seen From Space
A compilation of NOAA satellite images after the 1980 eruption.
Details Format: YouTube
Length: <1 min.
Mount St. Helens' Runaway Glacier: A Time-lapse Video of Crater Glacier, 2005-2010
A time-lapse video showing extensive glacier growth in the crater of Mount St. Helens.
Details Format: YouTube
Length: 2 min.
Time-lapse Images of Mount St. Helens Dome Growth 2004-2008
Remote cameras capture the dramatic growth of lava extrusion in the crater of Mount St. Helens over a period of 4 years.
Details Format: YouTube
Length: 2 min.
Time-series of Dome and Glacier Growth at Mount St. Helens, 2004-2012
Watch a digital animation as the dome in the crater of Mount St. Helens volcano and the glacier around it grow over time.
Details Format: YouTube
Length: <1 min.
Mount St. Helens 2004–2006, Instrumentation and Continuing Dome Growth
Each mp4 is a compilation of "chapters" of various lengths showing films of Mount St. Helens taken from a helicopter; films taken from inside the crater; films of equipment installation, maintenance, and removal; and more. Some films have companion 49MB "trailers" that are 5 minutes long.
Details Format: MP4
Length: 13+ min.
Taming of a Wild Research Well in Yellowstone National Park during November 1992
In 1992, valve failure caused an uncontrolled eruption of steam and hot water in a USGS research well just 2 miles north of Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park. This video shows how a drilling contractor plugged the well and includes a short news story by CNN. A 9-minute trailer is also available.
Details Format: MP4
Length: 28 min.
Volcano Eruption
Black and white animation of an explosive volcanic eruption.
Details Format: QuickTime
Length: < 1 min.
   
Water
USGS Water Resources Seminar Series
Archive (2003 to present) of lectures given at the USGS offices in Menlo Park, California, on a variety of water-related topics. Most of these lectures are designed for a technical, scientific audience. Go here for a collection of less-technical water lectures.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 1 hour
Lake of the Sky: USGS Tahoe Basin Science
A 2011 documentary film highlighting USGS research around the largest alpine lake in North America. The story is told through the use of narration, expert interviews, graphics, animations, incredible video imagery, and time-lapse video.
Details Length: 12 min.
Delta Revival: Restoring a California Ecosystem
Award-winning 2003 film showing scientists from many disciplines working together to guide the unprecedented restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta east of San Francisco Bay. View the movie as part of a filmed public lecture: introduction, then 22 minute movie, montage of scientists at work, followed by question and answer session.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 1 hour
Chasing the Mud: The Mississippi River Flood of 2011
USGS scientists investigate sediment deposition in the wetlands of the Mississippi River delta plain resulting from the 2011 flood, which was the largest flood along the river in the past century.
Details Format: MP4, FLV, YouTube
Lengeth: 13 min.
Connecting People and Urban Streams
A video podcast outlining the importance of habitat to the health of a stream, and giving examples of ways that urban streams are being rehabilitated across the U.S.
Details Format: MP4, FLV, YouTube
Length: 6 min.
1923 Grand Canyon Expedition
A silent film compiled from footage shot during the 1923 USGS expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. This is the earliest USGS film and one of the first black and white films distributed nationally.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 30 min.
Glen Canyon Dam High Flow Experiment
USGS experts give preliminary observations on what took place during the high flow experiment on the Colorado River in March, 2008. Includes links to time-lapse videos.
Details Format: QuickTime, Flash
Length: 8 min.
Streamgages: The Silent Superhero
Whether you drink water from your tap, use electricity or canoe down your local river, chances are you benefit from USGS streamgage information. So what is a streamgage and what does it do for you?
Details Format: MP4, 3GP, FLV
Length: 5 min.
Organic Carbon and the World around Us
The benefit of studying carbon in water extends to many issues, including tracing mercury contamination or investigating disinfection by-products in drinking water treatment.
Length Length: 7 min.
Monthly Streamflow Maps for the U.S.
Animation of monthly streamflow maps for the conterminous U.S., 1921 to 1996.
Details Format: GIF
Length: 2 min.
Daily Streamflow Maps for the U.S.
Animation of daily streamflow maps for the conterminous U.S. during the current year.
Details Format: GIF
Length: varies
Fly-By Movies of Shaded Relief Bathymetry in Lake Tahoe
Flight over Lake Tahoe, above and below the water.
Details Format: QuickTime, MPG
Length: < 1 min.
Changing Size of the Great Salt Lake in Utah
Time-lapse elevation change movie for the Great Salt Lake in Utah covering 1972 to 1996.
Details Format: QuickTime
Length: < 1 min.
   
Wind/Hurricanes
Hurricane Force: A Coastal Perspective
1994 film following USGS scientists studying hurricane-impacted coasts while connecting the environmental and economic consequences of these storms. Relates how hurricanes form and progress and includes a detailed account of the impacts of Hurricanes Andrew (Louisiana, 1992), Hugo (Puerto Rico, 1989), and Iniki (Kauai, Hawaii, 1992). Downloads in 12 segments. Average length: 3 minutes; average size: 25 megabytes.
Details Format: MPG
Length: 28 min.
Exploring Storm Surge
Preparedness movie made in 1995 about the dangers of storm surges that are associated with hurricanes.
Details Format: WMV
Length: 15 min.
   

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