Science on Screen is an excellent series pairing great movies with experts explaining the science behind them.
In this sci-fi horror comedy, a pair of small-town handymen living in a small desert community stumble upon several difficult-to-explain phenomena, including a couple of people who've died under extremely strange (and, in one instance, very grisly) circumstances. Eventually, they and a handful of their neighbors find the cause: gigantic prehistoric worm-like creatures that streak under the desert the way fish swim through oceans, reaching up and grabbing anything they need for food. Cut off from the outside world, they have to figure out how to get across the desert alive while these creatures - which are smart as well as fast - close in on them, stalking them like monster sharks.
Starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross and Reba McEntire. Directed by Ron Underwood.
(1990, USA, 96 mins)
Maureen Long is an Assistant Professor in the Yale Department of Geology and Geophysics. She is also an observational seismologist whose primary scientific interests include the structure and dynamics of the Earth's mantle, with a focus on subduction zone dynamics and processes. Maureen's research has a substantial field component, and the deployment of broadband seismometers in temporary arrays is one of the tools she uses to characterize mantle structure and processes. Maureen recieved her Bachelor's of Science in Geology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her Ph.D. in Geophysics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Topic: Seismology and measuring the intensity of quakes.
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