01 August 2008

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil

The Smithsonian Institute has just opened a new exhibit on soil. "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil" is open until 2010 and highlights a variety of issues and concerns about soils. It presents information in a variety of formats, which seems likely to reach a pretty wide age range.

We visited this past weekend and were duly impressed. One of the highlights was a mock-CSI episode in which the soil scientist wore an expensive pantsuit into a forested dig site and when the lead investigator over-dramatically donned his sunglasses after solving the mystery. Another cool exhibit included a monolith or profile of the state soil from each of the 50 states and a couple territories. Go Antigo! Great stuff.

1 comment:

Paul Kamps said...

As Founding Sponsor of Dig It!, the Soil Science Society of America is pleased that this 5,000 sq. ft. exhibit at the Natural History Museum in DC is making the blogosphere! Thanks to our more than 1,200 donors, sponsors and contributors that made this project possible, we hope to elevate soils to its rightful place--including the cover story of the Sept. issue of National Geographic!