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Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 to show a new PBS documentary about the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
“Valles Caldera: The Science” tells about scientific research currently being conducted on the Preserve. A question and answer session with the director and scientists involved with the film will be after the showing. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children at the door.
“Valles Caldera: The Science” is the first in a planned three-part documentary for PBS. “Valles Caldera: The History and The Future” are still in development stage. “The Science” explores the scientific research currently being conducted in the VCNP.
It covers three main topics: geologic history, current research and fire impacts. LANL scientists assisted with creating 3-D animations of eruptions to show the geologic forces that formed the Caldera and surrounding structures, and many Valle staff assisted with the filming process.
During filming, the Las Conchas fire burned about 30 percent of the VCNP. This event added a few new dimensions to the film, allowing the crew to obtain incredible comparative images and data from before and after fire.
Los Alamos and Jemez residents who worked on the film include Brent Newman, Don Brown, Presley Salaz, Ken Rehfeldt, Lee Steck, Thaddeus Kostrubala, Andrea (Andi) Kron, Dennis Trujillo, Robert Parmenter, Dennis Rino, Terry McDermott, Rourke McDermott, Ana Steffen, Tim Haarmann, Mick Trujillo, Steve Herrera, Sue Anderson, Bernadette Cordova, Berta Pantoja, Jacqueline Stark, Scott Compton, and Fraser Goff, who is featured in the film.
The National Science Foundation, the Valles Caldera Trust, the Albert I. Pierce Foundation, the PNM Foundation and the New Mexico Geological Society Foundation provided funding for the film.
“The Science” will highlight research in the Valles Caldera that provides insights into issues facing the region and the world.
This film is set to air on public television in January, so this is a chance to see it before the debut. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.