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Does Kids' TV Do Geology Well?

By June 12, 2013

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Simon Wellings, of the Metageologist blog, has finally addressed a key topic for the future of the geoscientific professions: are we properly fascinating our children with geology? Since kids avoid the outdoors these days and get their stimulation from video screens, his new post on the geology of children's entertainment is timely. Do the artists who keep our kids' attention care about rocks and landforms?

Wellings' touchstone is Leonardo da Vinci, who is considered by historians of science to be the first close observer of landscape. Leonardo did a good job on his rocks; the makers of The Octonauts—well, "if there is a geological advisor," Wellings says, "then they should be shot." But Pixar acquits itself well. Realistic landscapes and rocks are a strong test of an artist's skill. I've always thought that the manufacturers of those fake boulders you hide your house keys in could do a much better job.

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