The Science Museum of Minnosota, et al. (1991); directed by George Casey; produced by George Casey and Paul Novros.
DVD Length: 40 mins
The Ring of Fire is a fantastic docu-movie to show not only to Geography students but also to our young people in Singapore, so as to expose them to the beauty and complexity of seismic activities and how people from different parts of this world embrace these as part of their cultures.
It will not come as a surprise if you feel like you are in the midst of active volcanoes with lava splashing about you given that this 40-minute docu-movie was originally shown in IMAX Theatres. You won’t be blamed for thinking that you ARE in Mount St. Helens or Mount Sakura-jima with the brilliant use of live footages of volcanic eruptions.
The Ring of Fire refers to the zone of volcanic activities and earthquakes along the Pacific Rim.
It is not always physically possible to bring our students to places of seismic activity, but we can bring them to our students.
Footages on this DVD include:
- Mount St. Helens
- The 1989 San Francisco Earthquake
- Gunung Agung
- Mount Sakura-jima
This movie also includes a computerized graphical illustration of tectonic movements and their result. This would really help students in visualizing what exactly happens below the crust.
We are also provided with an opportunity to witness how certain communities in Bali regard the volcanic activities as part of their ritualistic culture, and how the Japanese have accepted earthquakes as part of their reality.
The narrative is both clear and precise, if not entertaining. The visuals and the narrative would keep anyone spellbound to their seats.