Episode 104: Essential Elements – Earth

Marcellus Black Shale exposure on Interstate 80. Wikimedia by Dahluza.

Marcellus Black Shale exposure on Interstate 80. Wikimedia by Dahluza.

This week we begin our first series within Distillations. In this 4-part series we’re going to look at the four classical elements, one per show—earth, air, water, and fire. Today’s episode is about earth. We’re looking at earth in terms of the Marcellus Shale, a geologic formation that includes sedimentary rock and pockets of natural-gas reserves. First we learn about how the shale was formed. And next, producer Susan Phillips visits parts of Pennsylvania that are being affected by the drilling of the Marcellus Shale.

Phillips and her colleague Kerry Grens produced a series focusing solely on the Marcellus Shale that is running on radio station WHYY.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:40 The Geologic History of the Marcellus Shale
06:04 The Marcellus Shale Today
16:16 Closing Credits


Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley. Additional music includes “Earth Song,” by Dr. Sounds and “In My Time On Earth,” by Ken Kurland.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia user Dahluza. The image depicts the Marcellus Shale exposure in eastern Pennsylvania, along Interstate 80. The formation is said to be thickest in this area.

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