Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Earth: The Operators' Manual
Video length 2:25 min.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
This Video builds on the following concepts of Energy Literacy.
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About the Content
- Accurate and easy-to-follow story of fossil fuel formation, from photosynthesis to geologic transformation into coal, oil, and natural gas. Narrated by geologist, Dr. Richard Alley.
- Comments from expert scientist:
Scientific strengths: It is a very basic and short explanation, in non-technical terms, of how fossil fuels were formed, and why burning them adds, unavoidably, CO2 to the atmosphere.
Suggestions: The short film clip does not provide a path for further research, but that can not really be crammed into 2.5 minutes. One can use other resources for that.
About the Pedagogy
- A good overview of fossil fuel formation that can help set the stage for more detailed activities.