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Join Dr. Nick Eyles on a geological journey around the world

Dr. Eyles and crew set up for an interview near Masada

Join us for a free screening of The Western Pacific Rim and talk on “The making of Geologic Journey II” with Professor Nick Eyles, Thursday, Nov.  4, 7 – 9 pm, AC223

CBC’s award-winning documentary program The Nature of Things with David Suzuki invited UTSC Professor Nick Eyles to host a five-part series on world geology to show how our planet works. The weekly series airs Thursday, October 21 on CBC-TV at 8 pm, and runs until November 25, 2010.

Now, the world comes to UTSC. On November 4 from 7 – 9 pm, join Dr. Eyles and Michael Allder, the Executive Producer at the Nature of Things,

in the ARC for a live screening of episode three, The Western Pacific Rim. Hear the personal account of his fascinating journey around planet Earth! 

The Western Pacific Rim is one of the most tectonically volatile and dangerous regions of the world. This episode leads us from the volcanoes of New Zealand to the “Earthquake Nation” of Japan. We’ll hear from other world leading geologists to understand why this region’s considered the “Pacific Rim of Fire”. 

Thursday, November 4, from 7 to 9 pm

Academic Resource Centre, AC223.  Admission is FREE

RSVP info@utsc.utoronto.ca  to secure your spot!

Dr. Eyles will also be available to answer your questions live via Twitter from 8-10pm ET October 21, during the series premiere. Use the hashtag #geoworld in your question.

Leading up to the polished product you’ll see starting October 21, Dr. Eyles worked with the CBC team for over two years as its “resident geologist” to develop stories, locations and episodes.

After completing a required week-long course in surviving hostile environments, Eyles spent seven months guiding a film crew through 22 countries to capture the world’s best evidence of the planet’s geological evolution. The crew travelled to Africa, the Middle East, Japan, Nepal and India, and along the length of the Americas, including many difficult-to-access and dangerous sites, such as Erte Ale on the Eritrean border of Ethiopia, the Merapi volcano in Indonesia and Chaiten volcano in Chile.  

“It was an extraordinary opportunity as an Earth scientist to connect together evidence of how the Earth works as a giant tectonic machine in a mere seven-month period,” says Eyles. “Surprisingly, I found the real story is that of the people who live on the restless surface of our planet. I spoke to many who live day-to-day under the threat of volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and landslides, yet choose to stay and adapt. I have a new appreciation for the resilience and adaptability of humankind, which is going to forever influence my research and teaching.”

Frequently employing helicopters and HD cameras to capture the story, the series has some stunning landscape shots. 

“The opportunity to share the Earth’s history with millions of viewers, using some of the best media technology available, is one of the greatest professional experiences I’ve had as an educator,” adds Dr. Eyles. “Working with CBC has been the highlight of my career. “

“It is fitting that one of UTSC's research stars is collaborating with the country's longest-standing, premier science broadcast, The Nature of Things,” says Malcolm Campbell, Professor & Vice-Principal, Research at UTSC. “Like the very best of scientists, Professor Eyles is a gifted communicator. CBC and Professor Eyles deserve wide praise for partnering to bring to life the remarkable scientific story of Earth's evolution for the benefit of countless viewers.”

Geologic Journey II was co-produced by CBC’s Science and Natural History Unit with 90th Parallel Productions. Executive Producers are Michael Allder and Gordon Henderson.

 Through a unique partnership between UTSC and CBC ongoing content will be produced for a blog that gives visitors a glimpse into the academic life of students and scientific researchers.  UTSC is also sponsoring a 60-page Teacher Resource Guide to accompany the educational version of Geologic Journey II, which will be available to Canadian schools in early 2011. The first series Geological Journey Canada is now incorporated into the curriculum of 45 per cent of Canadian schools.

For information on the series, go to www.cbc.ca/geologic2.




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