Reprinted by permission from Geotimes, May 1990, p. 26
In addition to providing entertainment to millions around the world, movies help develop the general public’s perception of the world. Knowledge of how the earth sciences, and earth scientists, are portrayed in films can help the geoscientific community in presenting important messages to the public on such topics as global change, volvanic- and earthquake-hazard mitigation, land use, and the environment.
Shortly after joining an environmental consulting firm in the summer of 1984, I naively bid, on and won, a contract from Environment Canada to provide an "Assessment of Ground Water Contamination in Canada". This seemed to be a good opportunity at the time to learn about the character of contamination and summarize the "major" problems found to date in Canada. This overambitious project with an underachieving budget, needless to say, was not a complete success, but it was a classic learning experience.