Geologists study planet Earth as detectives looking for leads that allow the reading and interpretation of the pages of its history. In the cliffs of Zumaia (Basque Country, Spain) we find some of the pages of this great book spread along several kilometers of coast line: a drastic change in the magnetic field, a profound drop of sea level, one of the greatest warming up periods the Planet has gone through, and a mass extinction that wiped out 70% of the species, with the dinosaurs amongst them.
And today, the history repeats itself. Would the human species survive the changes that have already happened in the past?
All we know about the evolution of life and climates on Earth is "written" (recorded) in the rocks. If we lose access to the archive recording all the events that have happened in the past, and which is written in the big open book with the memory of the Earth (sediments and rocks), we will never be able to understand current climate processes and changes affecting life on Earth.
Should we not worry about the archive containing our birth certificate or our genealogy tree? If this archive is lost or destroyed, future generations will always regret it and blame it on us. Similarly, we should worry about any threat or possibility of destruction of those most significant and representative geological elements of interest which record this information: geoheritage.
This award-winning documentary attempts to contribute towards public awareness on these issues, in conjunction with other session events also planned for this 5th World Conservation Congress (0011, 0013 and 0280).
You can preview the English teaser by clicking below:
Trailer en castellano: http://www.flyschzumaia.com/www/cast/teaser