National Geographic Society (U.S.). Educational Services
Most widely held works by National Geographic Society (U.S.).
30 years of National Geographic Specials ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 695 libraries worldwide
A compilation of highlights and clips from past programs of the National Geographic televised documentaries, marking the 30-year anniversary of the Society's documentary production. From the very first National Geographic special in 1963, which followed a team of Americans as they ascended Mt. Everest, content ranges from wilderness to cultural exploration. Through these programs, National Geographic offered a broad variety of sights and perspectives which were previously unknown to the average viewing public. Still bearing historical value, examples include segments from the films that helped promote and popularize such issues as species and habitat protection and the works of Dr. Louis Leakey, Jacques Cousteau, Dian Fossey, and Jane Goodall.
Rain forest ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 226 libraries worldwide
Showcases the rare beauty and rich variety of plant and animal life found in a Costa Rican rain forest. Also examines the impact of man's exploitation of the rain forest on this fragile ecosystem.
Polar bear alert ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in English and held by 204 libraries worldwide
Host Jason Robards shows how the residents of the town of Churchill, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, learn to coexist with the polar bears as the animals migrate each year through their town.
Born of fire ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1983 and 1987 in English and held by 149 libraries worldwide
Uses the Mount St. Helens and the Santorini volcanoes and the San Francisco earthquake as dramatic evidence that our planet's subterranean regions are active and continually changing. Explains the plate tectonics theory and accompanies scientists around the world as they study the boundaries between plates of the earth's crust where earthquakes and volcanoes may occur in the future.
Circulatory and respiratory systems ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 124 libraries worldwide
Examines the circulatory system including the heart, blood, and vessels. Looks at the respiratory system and its close relationship with the circulatory system, and shows how the lungs operate. Includes animation.
Digestive system ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and held by 120 libraries worldwide
Explains the digestive system from ingestion through digestion to absorption and elimination. Includes animation.
In the shadow of Vesuvius ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 118 libraries worldwide
Presents the history of the volcano Vesuvius which has erupted fifty times since the Roman era, and shows several other volcano sites located near human dwellings. Gives a brief summary of plate tectonics and tells how scientists try to predict future eruptions.
Photosynthesis, life energy ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 109 libraries worldwide
Explains the basic process of photosynthesis and describes its importance in the food pyramid. Also looks at newly discovered photosynthetic organisms which may provide fuel in the future.
Grizzlies ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 107 libraries worldwide
Tells the history of the grizzly bear, showing them in the wild and with an animal trainer. Uses old footage and photographs to show how they were hunted in the past.
Weather, come rain, come shine ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and held by 103 libraries worldwide
Introduces viewers to the forces that make the weather, using live action, stills, and animation. Describes forecasting tools and weather satellites. For grades 6-12, adults.
Reproductive systems ( Visual )
5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 102 libraries worldwide
Chronicles fertilization beginning with the development of sex cells in males and females and the union of these cells. Shows in detail the development of a new human life. Includes animation.
Fossils, clues to the past ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 98 libraries worldwide
Dr. Donald C. Johanson discusses what a fossil is and some of the ways in which they are formed. He also discusses what fossils reveal and how scientists determine their age.
Land of the tiger ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and held by 96 libraries worldwide
Shows tigers stalking, capturing, and devouring prey; marking territorial boundaries; mating; caring for young cubs; languidly resting; and loudly voicing their presence.
Nervous system ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 96 libraries worldwide
Explores the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. Looks at nerve cells and the brain and its extension, the spinal cord. Includes animation.
Realm of the alligator ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 95 libraries worldwide
Tells how the alligator reigns supreme over the black waters of Okefenokee. Shows how the swamp is still home to an astonishing variety of animals and vegetation in spite of the forbidding features of this strange, alien terrain.
Muscular and skeletal systems ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 94 libraries worldwide
Explores the architecture of the human body. Examines the bones of the skeleton, muscles, individual muscle cells, and the cardiac muscle. Includes animation.
Dinosaurs, puzzles from the past ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 85 libraries worldwide
Two youngsters and their teacher follow a time-line back to the era when dinosaurs ruled the world. Uses animation to introducea variety of dinosaurs and their environment and visits a dinosaurs and their environment and visits a dinosaur quarry, a paleontologist in his laboratory, and a museum.
Bacteria ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
Describes the helpful and harmful roles of bacteria. Examines the principal forms in which bacteria occur, explores the structure of a typical bacterial cell, and explains its reproductive processes.
Protecting endangered animals ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 80 libraries worldwide
Explains why animals have become extinct in the past, describes the plight of presently endangered species, and examines success stories of animals that seem to have been snatched from the jaws of extinction.
Living treasures of Japan ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1981 and 1988 in English and held by 75 libraries worldwide
Profiles nine artisans and performing artists who are recognized by law as "holders of important intangile cultural properties" and are charged with publicly exhibiting their works and teaching their artistry to apprentices. Pays visits to a potter, doll sculptor, puppeteer, papermaker, koto musician, swordmaker, textile weaver and dyer, kabuki theater actor, and bellmaker.
Animals Australia Biology Cardiopulmonary system--Physiology China Costa Rica Culture Dinosaurs Documentary films Earth Economic history Extinction (Biology) Families Films Films for the hearing impaired Food chains (Ecology) Gastrointestinal system--Physiology Grizzly bear History India Italy--Vesuvius Japan Juvenile works Life (Biology) Mammals--Migration Manitoba--Churchill Manners and customs Maps Matter--Properties Musculoskeletal system--Physiology Nature Nature--Effect of human beings on Nonfiction films Paleontology Photosynthesis Photosynthetic bacteria Plate tectonics Polar bear--Migration Rain forest ecology Solar system Soviet Union Swamp ecology Travel United States United States--Okefenokee Swamp Video recordings--for the hearing impaired Volcanic activity prediction Volcanism Weather Wildlife conservation