How is a biome built? It starts at the foundation. Earth’s bounty of life is possible because of physical resources: minerals, water, and energy. The variations of these resources in location, climate, or disturbances, result in a diversity of biomes across the globe.
Step up to the Holosands Station to sculpt the landscape. This is more than molding sand. With the flick of your hand, you can cause it to rain, carve out canyons, or fill up the ocean. Curious about watersheds? Topography? The water cycle? It is all here. And there is more: simulations exist for different biomes. What happens if a thunderstorm starts in the desert? What happens when a volcano erupts? How does a bend impact the river flow rate? This is inquiry learning at its best!
Discover what Bibb County, bacteria, and bananas all have to do with the periodic table. This exhibit will give you a fresh look at elements like:
It will stimulate questions about abundant minerals. It will give you a grasp on the processes which form impressive rocks.
Extreme weather phenomena are often considered destructive. Come observe forms of life which thrive after serious weather events: a whisker-faced seal (thank-you earthquakes), a sun-bright songbird (thank you tornadoes), a carnivorous plant (thank you fire).
Extreme weather brings change to the environment – change which opens up opportunities for life.
Your body is made of at least 20 different elements that come from rocks.
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