volcanoes.

Gain a new perspective on earth science with a look at volcanoes through the eyes of Werner Herzog.  In typical style, his foray into this topic goes beyond plate tectonics and molten rock; it’s somehow more of a film about the human condition than anything else.  From tribal rituals to North Korean propaganda, this tour exposes how our dynamic planet shapes our lives.  Here’s the trailer.  It’s worth a view:

national parks.

National Parks and other conservation entities are tremendously active in the summer months and generally do much of their hiring, well, right about now.  Ordinarily that would be a gold mine for those looking to enter the field.  However, the recent hiring freeze has left a lot of questions about how that would play out.  Read about it here.

In the midst of the media blackout imposed on the park service and several other science-based government entities, new means of rogue communication have arisen.  You can read about it here, or look for Alt National Park Service on Twitter or Facebook for information relevant to science and conservation.

With these issues in mind, it might be a good time to revisit why Wallace Stegner once said that “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”  Check the National Parks Adventure trailer below, and visit the Fleet Science Center in San Diego to see it on the big screen.