Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
In the 1960s, naturalist cinematographer and documentarian Bert Van Bork traveled the world documenting extraordinary scenes of volcanic activity (while melting numerous pairs of shoes in the process) that he pulled together in the economically edited 1973 film entitled Volcanoes: Exploring the Restless Earth. Combining his location filming with animation, Van Bork demonstrates the various mechanics and structures within typical vulcanology, including such terminology as cinder cones, shields, and distinguishing between the two types of lava floes. His filming took him to famous locations such as Mt. Vesuvius in Italy, the Hawaiian Islands, Mt. Paricutin in Mexico, and--perhaps most spectacularly--the formation of new islands and the destruction of an old island off the coast of Iceland. Rounding out the film with questions for further study, Van Bork's Volcanoes has been a staple in geology and vulcanology curriculum since its 1973 release.
volcano, earth-science, eruption, geology, natural-disaster, Hawaii, Iceland, Italy, Mexico