What If the Earth Were Hollow?

Man has dreamed of outer space travel for hundreds of years...but, what about inner-Earth travel? Could it work? Young scientists explore the notion of jumping into a hole through Earth and the factors that affect the journey, such as the Coriolis Effect. The narrator also discusses the differences in gravity, the magnetic field, and Earth's rotation at different points along the way.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Show the video for a fun culmination of an earth science study of Earth's layers
  • Extend the lesson by assigning a research project based on Russia's Kola Superdeep Borehole
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires basic knowledge of Earth's layers, plus an understanding of gravitational forces
Pros

  • Narrators are expressive and full of energy, which adds to the excitement of the journey
  • The illustrations help sort out all of the forces and factors at work as the trip unfolds
Cons

  • None