The Endless Voyage
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From the detailed observations of Lt. Pelham aboard HMS Challanger to the mapping of the oceans by satellites and autonomous undersea vehicles, the study of the ocean is as dynamic and challenging as the sea itself. Now you can introduce students to the fascinating field of oceanography with The Endless Voyage.

The Endless Voyage, successor to the Emmy Award-winning video series, Oceanus, focuses on the marine environment as a unique and important part of life on earth. The 26 half-hour series stands alone but can be combined with the leading textbooks in the field.  Supplementary material includes a student study guide and faculty guide as well as customized online material.

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Exploring the Marine Environment

As students discover the richness and diversity of the marine environment, they will visit locations they may never be able to see in a traditional classroom setting. Each video in The Endless Voyage combines contemporary and historical footage with computer graphics and the interviews of leading authorities in a way that is both engaging and informative. Individual case studies in the series focus on polar and tropical extremes, life on the coast, and the practice of oceanography at a research institute.

Featured Experts

The Endless Voyage introduces students to scientists and academicians across a range of disciplines—Astronomy, Biology, Geology, Marine Chemistry, Physical Oceanography, and Zoology. Their contributions shed light on the intricate workings of the ocean and its complex. interactions with the earth’s multi-faceted systems.

James Allen, PhD, Principal Investigator Fish Biology Group
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)
Lihini Aluwihare, PhD, Assistant Professor, Geosciences Research Division
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Katherine Barbeau, PhD, Assistant Professor, Geosciences Research Division
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Roger Blandford, PhD, Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics
California Institute of Technology
David Chapman, PhD, Senior Scientist, Physical Oceanography
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Deborah Day, Archivist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
Ron Dow, Director, Environmental Division Manager
Naval Base, Ventura County
William Fenical, PhD, Professor of Oceanography, Marine Research Division
Sea Grant Program, and Director Center for Marine Biotechnology and
Biomedicine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Frank Gonzalez, PhD, Tsunami Research Program Leader,
Director of the Center for Tsunami Inundation Mapping Efforts, Pacific Marine Environmental
Laboratory NOAA, Seattle, Washington
James Irish, PhD, Senior Research Specialist, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Lisa A. Levin, PhD, Professor, Integrative Oceanography Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
Gail Pringle, Environmental Projects Manager, Environmental Division
Naval Base, Ventura County
Martin Ruane, Ecologist, Environmental Division, Naval Base, Ventura County

The Endless Voyage takes students on virtual
“field trips” to leading research institutions
and universities, including

California Institute of Technology
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Scripp Institute of Oceanography (U.C. San Diego)
University of Hawaii
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Topics Covered in The Endless Voyage:

1. An Ocean World
- The profound influence of water and the ocean on planet Earth
- The formation of the solar system and the origin of Earth
- The origins of life on Earth
- The science of oceanography

2. First Steps
- Cartographers, early Greek exploration and Chinese contributions
- The Age of Discovery: From Prince Henry to Magellan
- Voyaging for Science: James Cook, Matthew Maury, Charles Darwin and
   the HMS Beagle, and the Challenger Expedition, including major milestones in
   oceanic exploration, such as the development of the first chronometers and
   breakthroughs in sampling
- The last hundred years: voyages for science in the twentieth century
- The rise of oceanographic institutions

3. Making the Pieces Fit
- Toward a new understanding of Earth: The search for patterns and order in
   the development and location of Earth’s features
- Alfred Wegener and the theory of continental drift
- The work of Benioff and Wadati (orderly pattern of deep Earthquakes)
- The Breakthrough: From seafloor spreading to plate tectonics
- John Tuzo Wilson and the Mechanism of Plate Tectonics: Lithospheric plates
  floating on the heated and expanding asthenosphere (including discussion of
  “the layered Earth,” i.e. the evidence for layering, classification of layers,
  isostatic equilibrium, and sources of internal heat)

4.: World in Motion
- The confirmation of plate tectonics (paleomagnetic orientation; polar wandering)
- Characteristics of plate boundaries (divergent, convergent, and transform)
- Hot Spots: Volcanoes, volcanic islands, atolls, guyots
- Earthquakes

5. Over the Edge
- The topography of ocean floors
- The continental margin: continental shelf, slope, and rise
- Exploring the deep ocean floor: challenges and solutions
- The deep ocean floor: oceanic ridges, hydrothermal vents, abyssal plains,
  seamounts and guyots, deep trenches, island arcs

6. An Ocean’s Memory
- The challenges of studying sediments
- Sediments as historical records: what they tell us, how long they last
- Sediment characteristics and classification (size, source/composition,
  and distribution)
- The economic importance of sediments

7. It’s in the Water
- The importance of water, including its influence on global temperatures
- Physical properties of water: its chemistry, different forms, behavior changes
  as it absorbs or loses heat
- Temperature and water density
- Salinity: Components and sources of the ocean’s salts
- Chemical equilibrium and the principle of constant proportions
- Dissolved Gases
- Acid-Base Balance

8. Beneath the Surface
- Ocean structure: density stratification, water movement, surface conditions
- Refraction, light and sound

9. Going to Extremes
- Locations and interviews illustrate a series of interrelated and dynamic
  oceanographic principles and elements

10. Something in the Air
- Introduction: The impact of Hurricane Mitch
- Atmospheric composition, properties and circulation
- The Coriolis effect
- Wind patterns
- Air masses and cyclones

11. Going with the Flow
- Wind over water
- Surface currents and gyres
- Effects of surface currents on climate, including upwelling and downwelling
  (focusing on El Nino)

12. Deep Connections
- Formation and fate of deep water masses
- Deep ocean storms
- Tracers

13. Surf’s Up
- Introduction: The water mechanics of surfing, introduction to waves
- Ocean waves (including the distinct parts of ocean waves, classification,
  and water depth)
- Wind waves (including rogue waves and waves approaching shore)
- Wave refraction, diffraction, and reflection
- Internal waves

14. Look Out Below
- Introduction: A look at the destructive impact of a well-documented tsunami
- Storm surges
- Seiches
- Tsunamis and seismic sea waves
- Long-term sea level change

15. Ebb and Flow
- Tides and the forces that generate them
- The equilibrium theory of tides (the role of the sun and moon)
- The dynamic theory of tides
- Tidal currents
- Tidal Power

16. On the Coast
- An introductory look at coasts, with a discussion of the forces that have shaped them
- Large-scale features of coasts (e.g. sand spits, bay mouth bars, barrier islands, sea islands)
- Coasts formed by biological activity (e.g. coral reefs)
- Estuaries, lagoons and wetlands
- Characteristics of U.S. coasts

17. Due West
- Human impact on the southern California coast (the bad and the good),
  shown through:
- Harbor/beach creation and maintenance
- Erosion/landslides
- Water Pollution
- Wetlands preservation

18. Building Blocks
- A working definition of life (including discussion of matter and energy)
- Biogeochemcial cycles
- Evolution and life in the ocean: the theory of evolution by natural selection
- Evolution in the marine environment

19. Water World
- The biological classification (taxonomy) of ocean life
- Physical factors affecting marine life (light, temperature, salinity, gas, nutrients,
  dissolved gases, acid-base balance, and pressure)
- Marine processes that affect ocean life (e.g. diffusion, osmosis, and active
- Classifications of the marine environment (by light, location and environment)

20. Food for Thought
- The capture and flow of energy
- Primary productivity (including how it’s measured, and limiting factors)
- Plankton: types, distribution, production of energy, and effects of seasons
- Larger marine producers (e.g. algae and seaweed)

21. Survivors
- The oxygen revolution and the origin of animals
- Burgess shale, architectural forms
- Survivors: the intertidal zone
- Invertebrate chordates

22. Life Goes On
- Vertebrate evolution
- Gas exchange
- Osmotic considerations
- Feeding and defense
- Fish
- Marine Reptiles (sea turtles, marine crocodiles, sea snakes)
- Marine Birds (tubenoses, pelicans, gulls, penguins)
- Marine Mammals (orders Cetacea, Carnivora, and Sirenia)

23. Living Together
- Introduction: The concept of community (marine and otherwise)
- The influence of physical and biological factors
- Competition, growth rate and carrying capacity, types of distribution, change
- Examples of marine communities (rocky intertidal, seaweed, sand beach and
  cobble beach, salt marshes and estuaries, coral reefs, the open ocean, the
  deep-sea floor, hydrothermal vent)
- Symbiotic interactions and dependencies

24. Treasure Trove
- Physical resources (including petroleum and natural gas, various minerals and
  deposits, and fresh water)
- Marine energy resources (waves and currents, thermal gradient)
- Biological resources (various animals and plants used for food and pharmaceutical
  purposes, fishery management, aquaculture)
- Nonextractive resources
- Classification as renewable or nonrenewable
- Legal issues

25. Dirty Water
- Characteristics of a pollutant
- Types of pollution (examples, costs)
- Habitat destruction
- Global changes
- What can be done?

26. Hands On
- An in-depth look at the science of oceanography at a major research institution

Entire Video Series on 26 DVDs: $89900
4 DVD Box Set of All 26 Videos $39900
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