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Glaciers and Coral Reefs Tell Tale of Climate Change

New exhibits at the Museum of the Earth show eons of the effects of climate change

April 1, 2013—(Ithaca, NY) The Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth will kick off the Museum’s 10th anniversary celebration with the installation of a new, permanent exhibit on the science of glaciers: “Our Changing Earth—Glaciers.” This hands-on and fully interactive exhibit was created by Dr. Robert Ross, Associate Director for Outreach, and Beth Stricker, Director of Exhibitions, with assistance from Adirondack Studios. This exhibit is part of the Museum’s efforts to revitalize and expand specific areas in the facility for Early Learners, or children between the ages of 2-5. These new exhibits will give these young members and their caregivers an opportunity to visit, explore, and learn. According to Dr. Robert Ross, “We want kids to get excited for science at an early age to make sure that they are always interested in science as they get older!” This exhibit will feature interactive ice cores, a chance for children to climb through a glacier to see the inside, and learn all about glacier movement, development, and how they have affected today’s landscapes.

This exhibit will be joined in the coming months with a new coral reef exhibit which will also show the delicate nature of these two very different ecosystems. While it may seem odd that a coral reef will be sitting next to a lifelike glacier, Dr. Robert Ross explained the connection: “Our new exhibitions, on glaciers and corals, tell the story of climate change and its impact upon the Earth, from poles to tropics. While at first it may seem a surprising juxtaposition, in fact changes in these two extensive and sensitive environments, at opposite ends of the climate spectrum, are among the most prominent and symbolic signs of human-induced climate change.” The coral reef will take at least a year to create its own thriving ecosystem. Two large 800lb glass tanks have been installed and will need time to create the right settings for the coral and other wildlife. Once the living fish and other plants have been added, it will take at least a year for the coral to grow and thrive into a fully settled coral reef structure.

About the Museum of the Earth:
The Museum of the Earth is a public educational venue of the Paleontological Research Institution.  Come explore the Earth’s past and understand your role in its present and future through a unique mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. Touch and feel history through hands-on exploration of fossils and dinosaurs at Discovery Labs. View more than 650 specimens from the PRI’s world-class collections, including the skeletons of the Hyde Park Mastodon and Right Whale No. 2030. Enjoy the 500-foot art mural, Rock of Ages, Sands of Time.  PRI is affiliated with Cornell University. The Museum of the Earth is a proud member of the Discovery Trail.

About Adirondack Studios:
Adirondack Studios is a successful, substantial and respected creative force in the entertainment industry. They build on this reputation through astute, pragmatic, and elegant contributions to every project. Adirondack Studios was founded in 1975 as a resource for design and custom fabrication.  Located in Upstate New York, the 125,000 square foot facility includes dedicated studios for design, carpentry, metal, paint, electrics, soft goods and project management.