GEOL 109 | The Earth and Life Through Time

Student-Curated Geology Video Collection

Plate Boundaries and Tectonic Plates

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This video discusses the constant motion of the earth’s lithospheric plates known as plate tectonics. It talks about the different types of plates as well as the different wa...

What the Earth Went Through Before Humans Appeared

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This video explains a multitude of topics ranging from how the Earth was formed, early life on Earth, the first Ice Age and when life really began. It starts off from the beg...

How Was the Grand Canyon Formed?

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The Grand Canyon is an immense canyon in Arizona, USA. The canyon is 446 kilometres long, 29 kilometres wide and 1 mile deep. This video explains how a number of forces creat...

Where did Earth’s water come from?

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Water is the most valuable and important source to be found on our planet. But how did Earth obtain its water supply, while other planets remain devoid if it? In this video, Zac...

How to Fossilize Yourself by Phoebe A. Cohen

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Utilizing humor and fun visual animations, Phoebe A. Cohen answers the question all viewers wish to know the answer to: how to fossilize themselves to fame! In the span of five ...

When the Sahara Was Green

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The Sahara Desert is home to ancient history that no one generally thinks about. The ancient people, animals, and environment all left remains that we now study today. The Sahar...

Glacial Landforms

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This video is important in understanding the effects of glaciers due to their large impact on landforms. Glaciers create large valleys, fjords, transport large rocks, and leave ...

The Mysterious Origins of Life on Earth

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This video takes the viewers on a quick journey and circles back to the beginning origins of life on Earth starting with elements and compounds. It then discusses specific genes...

How Turtle Shells Evolved… Twice

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Turtle shells have evolved greatly over the last 210 million years, creating modern turtle shells to be extremely diverse, depending on the environment they live in. Their shell...

The Other Explosion You Should Know About

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Let’s take a deep-sea dive and look at the early life forms that existed in the great phenomenon known as the “Avalon Explosion”. These early life forms can be described as mult...

How Tall Can Mountains Be?

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This video explains the forces that go into build mountains, and what factors limit the height to which they can grow. Tectonic plates and the fact that they are floating on the...

How To Date A Planet

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The Earth is old and it's hard to tell exactly how old the Earth really is because rocks are constantly renewing themselves. When rocks are melted, the heat destroys the evidenc...

This Country Has Something Everyone Else Wants

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The country of Morocco has 75% of the world’s supply of rock phosphate, the world’s main source of phosphorus. This means that Morocco is key to the world’s ability to grow food...

Why Is Mt. Everest So Tall?

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Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world above sea-level. The height of this magnificent mountain is the result of when two continental plates collided 50 million year...

That Time It Rained for Two Million Years

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During the Triassic period, 234 million years ago, a sudden change in climate caused by long-term volcanic eruptions triggered an episode of excessive rain and flooding for two ...

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