Animations & Videos

Animations and videos help you to visualize geology and understand what a geologist sees. Some animations are interactive, allowing you to play with simulated systems to see how they work. The Narrative Figure Videos here are written and narrated by Dr. Stephen Marshak himself.

  • Chapter 1: Cosmology and the Birth of Earth
  • Chapter 2: Journey to the Center of the Earth
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  • Chapter 3: Drifting Continents and Spreading Seas
  • Chapter 4: The Way the Earth Works: Plate Tectonics
  • Chapter 5: Patterns in Nature: Minerals
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  • Interlude A: Introducing Rocks
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  • Chapter 6: Up from the Inferno: Magma and Igneous Rocks
  • Interlude B: A Surface Veneer: Sediments and Soils
  • Chapter 7: Pages of Earth’s Past: Sedimentary Rocks
  • Chapter 8: Metamorphism: A Process of Change
  • Interlude C: The Rock Cycle in the Earth System
  • Chapter 9: The Wrath of Vulcan: Volcanic Eruptions
  • Chapter 10: A Violent Pulse: Earthquakes
  • Interlude D: The Earth’s Interior, Revisited: Seismic Layering, Gravity, and the Magnetic Field
  • Chapter 11: Crags, Cracks, and Crumples: Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building
  • Interlude E: Memories of Past Life: Fossils and Evolution
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  • Chapter 12: Deep Time: How Old Is Old?
  • Chapter 13: A Biography of Earth
  • Chapter 14: Squeezing Power from a Stone: Energy Resources
  • Chapter 15: Riches in Rock: Mineral Resources
  • Interlude F: Ever-Changing Landscapes and the Hydrologic Cycle
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  • Chapter 16: Unsafe Ground: Landslides and Other Mass Movements
  • Chapter 17: Streams and Floods: The Geology of Running Water
  • Chapter 18: Restless Realm: Oceans and Coasts
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  • Chapter 19: A Hidden Reserve: Groundwater
  • Chapter 20: An Envelope of Gas: Earth’s Atmosphere and Climate
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  • Chapter 21: Dry Regions: The Geology of Deserts
  • Chapter 22: Amazing Ice: Glaciers and Ice Ages
  • Chapter 23: Global Change in the Earth System