Journey to the Depths of the Earth|
A Geological Adventure
Corridor Gallery, 2F, Linking Halls of GE & HC
July 15 - November 23, 2014
A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.
─ John James Audubon ─
The Earth is composed of rocks, soil and other materials, and it has recorded the history of past geological activities including earthquakes, landslides, and soil liquefaction. Active but weak geologically, Taiwan is located on a complex convergent boundary between the Philippine Plate and Eurasian Plate. Taiwanese people have often heard of these natural hazards and have been affected by them. How to enrich our people's understanding of Earth seems particularly important.
Exhibited in Taipei in 2012 and Kaohsiung in 2013, Journey to the Depths of the Earth: A Geological Adventure, an exhibition exploring connections between environmental geology and natural hazards in Taiwan, opens at the National Museum of Natural Science on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
Organized by Central Geological Survey, MOEA in partnership with the Museum, National Library of Public Information, Soil and Water Conservation Bureau, Forestry Bureau, Directorate General of Highways, Water Resources Agency, Bureau of Mine, MOEA, and other more than 20 organizations and institutes, this exhibition is kind of different from the two previous ones. This exhibition focuses primarily on the land history and environmental geology of Central Taiwan, including areas of Miaoli, Taichung, Changhwa, and Nantou. Visitors will explore the geological evolution in Central Taiwan, the thick conglomerate layer in Central Taiwan, and stratigraphic profile along the elevated railway track in Taichung Metropolitan Area. Moreover, the exhibition is accompanied by a 'Reading Salon' in the National Library of Public Information in Taichung, which provides a variety of books and e-books with similar themes for visitors to read.
Journey to the Depths of the Earth: A Geological Adventure is divided into five sections: "Evolution of the Basin Evolution", "Fault Activity", "Strength of the Flood", "Disaster and Disaster Prevention" and "The Island's Future". The exhibition incorporates stunning illustrations, models, equipments and instruments used by geologists, interactive digital displays, tactile specimen-objects, multimedia programs, and
Geological Time Machine
simulation-based educational games. In addition to Soil Liquefaction Experiment for visitors to observe the phenomenon in which the strength and stiffness of a soil is reduced by earthquake shaking or other rapid loading, the exhibition also features the Geological Time Machine and the 4D Theater. The former offers the Earth's timeline interactive activity chronicling the history of the Earth while the latter shows the film about Typhoon Morakot in 2009 through dimensional vision aiming at promoting the concept of antonymous disaster prevention. There are many more for visitors to explore!
Soil Liquefaction Experiment
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin noted that the travelling exhibition had attracted tens of thousands of visitors from Taipei and Kaohsiung. "We are looking forward to seeing more visitors to deepen their understanding of the dynamic geological environment and be more conscious of the significance of the prevention of natural disasters," added he.
Shen(middle) & Chou(to Shen's left)
"Residents rejoice!" declaimed Dr. Chou Wen-hao, the Museum Deputy Director. "As an important stop for this travelling exhibition, the Museum offers an opportunity for people in Central Taiwan to explore their own land," Chou continued, "The exhibition featuring interactive, multimedia displays will allow visitors to interact with digital information in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives on our land. And I believe that this exhibition is an excellent way for students to make the most of their summer vacation."
Journey to the Depths of the Earth: A Geological Adventure is an opportunity to share the connections between the geological adventures and the stories of our land itself. Do not miss it!
- Admission is free with gallery tickets.
Journey to the Depths of the Earth: A Geological Adventure is organized by Central Geological Survey, MOEA, in partnership with the National Museum of Natural Science, National Library of Public Information, Soil and Water Conservation Bureau, Forestry Bureau, Directorate General of Highways, Water Resources Agency, and Bureau of Mine, MOEA.