Video of West Virginia's Geologic History Available
The story of West Virginia's geology, its prominent role in creating this
"wild, wonderful" State, and its impact on West Virginia's history, culture,
and economy is told in an informative and entertaining video, Rocks and
Rivers: West Virginia's Geologic Heritage.
Produced by the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey in cooperation
with the I.C. White Memorial Symposia Fund, Ltd., this interesting and
easily understandable 19-minute video uses live-action footage and
contemporary and historic photographs to explain the scope of the Mountain
Rocks and Rivers: West Virginia's Geologic Heritage vividly chronicles the
strong tie between the natural resources and landscapes formed in West
Virginia's geologic past and the cultural and economic development we know
today. The video takes the viewer on a "geologic tour," explaining the
State's coal, oil and natural gas, salt, clay, sandstone, limestone, and
river gravel resources and their role as essential raw materials needed to
run modern society.
"I think viewers will be surprised by how much they'll learn about the
Mountain State!" commented Claudette Simard, formerly a geologist at the Geological
Survey and executive producer of Rocks and Rivers: West Virginia's Geologic
Heritage. "Like all geologic research and educational programs conducted by
the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey," continued Simard, "this
video was designed to inform and educate people about West Virginia. Through
entertainment media, it actively shows the benefits and the risks of living
in such a geologically interesting State."
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Virginia's Geologic Heritage
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- how West Virginia's mountains were formed;
- how nearby glaciers affected the State;
- the formation of the mineral resources that today provide jobs for
thousands of West Virginians;
- how the discovery of salt along the Little Kanawha and Kanawha rivers led
to the development of the modern petroleum industry;
- the connection between geology and Civil War raiders like John Brown;
- the beginning of industrial development, West Virginia's undeniable
appeal to tourists, and much, much more.
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