The Dynamic Pacific Rim - Ecuador and Chile
video program features two case studies that explore
the influence of physical geography in Latin America:
Ecuador: Orange Alert and Chile:
Pacific Rim Player.
first case study, Ecuador: Orange Alert,
examines how humans interpret the dangers of their environment.
It chronicles the science and sociology of monitoring
volcanic activity in the Andes. The case study features
Patty Mothes, a researcher who tracks changes in an
active volcano and then maps probable ash and lava flows.
By doing so, she illustrates the ways in which geographic
tools can facilitate better understanding of natural
update to this program includes new interviews with
geographer Mothes and geologist Peter Hall providing
new insight into the Tungurahua volcano and their ongoing
research, as well as new video footage and photographs
of the volcano threatening to erupt.
Pacific Rim Player explores Chile's unique geography
and the role it has played in the country's shift away
from its traditional economy and European connections.
The country's history is rooted in the Indian cultures
of the Andes Mountains, but little of this heritage
has been reflected since the Spanish entered Chile in
1536. Nearly three hundred years of Spanish rule has
left its imprint on the architecture and demography
of Santiago, Chile's capital and primary city. Recently,
Chile has worked toward integrating itself into both
the Latin American region and the countries of the Pacific
Rim, building a dynamic, growing economy on the strength
of its agricultural and forestry sectors. Global interaction
continues to exert powerful forces on this country.
to this case study include new interviews with geographer
Robert Gwynne commenting on the changes that have occurred
in Chile since he was originally interviewed in 1994.
Roles and Settlements Patterns