Not only is Dynamic Earth poised to open for the season this weekend, it will also make public its newest exhibit, Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost.
The exhibit will help answer questions like, "What is permafrost and how is it affected by climate change?" Under the Arctic explores the subject of climate change, as viewed through the lens of a thawing Arctic, using hands-on activities such as puzzles, games and real artifacts such as a mammoth tooth and bison skull.
“We're very excited to be hosting Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost at Dynamic Earth,” said Jennifer Beaudry, senior scientist. “The special exhibit weaves together real narratives from people whose lives have been impacted by the changing global climate.
“It can be difficult for the general public to understand the effects of climate change, and this exhibition will allow visitors to see, touch, smell and understand its impact. This exhibit allows us to engage audiences of all ages in the science of the Arctic and permafrost in a fund an interactive way.”
Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
“The warming and degradation of permafrost has dramatic consequences for overlying ecosystems and threatens northern infrastructure. Canada has a responsibility to lead in permafrost research, with more than half of Canada's landmass located in zones affected by permafrost and more than 140,000 Canadians living and working in these areas,” said Dr. Pascale Roy-Léveillée, associate professor of geography at Laurentian University.