[permaculture] Smithsonian Soils Exhibition Opens July 19

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Mon Jun 30 14:01:33 EDT 2008


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Subject: [SANET-MG] Smithsonian Soils Exhibition Opens July 19
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 11:56:17 -0400
From: Sean McGovern <outreach at SARE.ORG>
To: SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU

Forwarded on behalf of Sara Uttech of the Soil Science Society by Sean McGovern.

Uncover the Secret World of Soil: Smithsonian Soils Exhibition Opens July 19

There are more living creatures in a shovel full of rich soil than human beings on the planet. Yet more is known about 
the dark side of the moon than about soil. These are just a few of the fascinating facts visitors can learn at the 
Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History's (NMNH) new exhibition, "Dig it! The Secrets of Soil," opening July 
19, 2008.

The 5,000-square-foot exhibition will reveal the complex world of soil and how this ecosystem underfoot supports nearly 
every form of life on earth. Developed by the museum and supported by Founding Sponsor the Soil Science Society of 
America, "Dig It!" will include interactive displays, hands-on models, videos, and 54 soil monoliths representing soils 
from each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia.

Hands-on models will demonstrate the roles of soil around the house and in public spaces like dams, playing fields, and 
roads. It will be housed at the Smithsonian through 2010 and then travel throughout the country through 2013.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the museum's site at http://forces.si.edu/soils and the Soil Science 
Society of America's site at http://www.soils.org/smithsonian.





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