British Universities Film & Video Council

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Maps and Landscape / Earth Materials

Synopsis
S260 support video in four bands:
1) Geological Time: Shows how the rock record relates to time, and illustrates the law of superposition and the law of faunal succession. Demonstrate the immensity of the geological timescale and discusses the contribution of William Smith in correlating strata and producing the first detailed geological map of England. Examines indicator fossils, the concept of unconformity, and radiometric dating.
2) Geology and Landforms: In three parts: 1) on Skye, shows landforms including plateau basalts, gabbros, granites and sediments, and explains the relationship of each landform with its underlying geology; 2) explains an associated CD-ROM which includes a virtual field trip to Skye; 3) views Dorset landscape scenery to show the relationship of the underlying geology - Jurassic and Cretaceous sediments - to the related landforms.
3) Using the Microscope: how to use the petrological microscope that is included in the course materials. Demonstrates the operation of each part of the microscope and then shows a series of minerals and the way they can be examined in plane polarised light and between crossed polars. The minerals include biotite, muscovite, microcline, plagioclase and orthoclase feldspar and quartz as constituents of granite; olivine, pyroxene, amphibole and garnet as they appear in thin section as constituents of other rocks; also calcite as it occurs in marble.
4) Rocks in the Field: Discusses rock classifications - igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic - and examines rocks in each category at various locations along the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
Series
Geology, Course S260
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 111 min.
Year of production
1999
Availability
Sale; 2001 sale: £120.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Geology
Keywords
landforms; microscopy; minerals; rocks

Credits

Producer
David Jackson

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
NB. As of May 2016 Open University Worldwide are no longer distributing DVDs. They have posted this message on their website: ‘Unfortunately Open University Worldwide Limited has decided that product sales are no longer viable given the reduced funding to Higher Education institutions and diminishing demand for the products we have traditionally stocked. At present the Open University Students Association (OUSA) will continue to sell the "Good Study Guide", and we are in discussion with other possible distributors to continue to make The Open University’s products available for purchase. As soon as we have any information on other channels of distribution we will update this notice’. Some products are still available via second hand dealers on Amazon.co.uk

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