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Underground
Exploring the Soil, Discovering Treasures

13 Nov 2016 — 17 Apr 2017

Earth is just as mysterious as the universe. Soil is thousands of years in the making. Billions of organisms live in just a handful of fertile soil — that is a greater population than there are people on Earth. This exhibition takes visitors on a trip to an unknown world, including a series of interactive stations for kids where they can excavate, experiment, test and research.

What does humus smell like? What do rain worms do? Where do field hamsters live in Hessen? How much soil is in spinach, spaghetti and schnitzel? How does wine get its flavor? What keeps the trees in the ground? What role does soil play for water and the climate? These are all topics kids can explore by touring the interactive stations.

The uniqueness of Hessen’s soil is a result of its Ice Age heritage. The variety of soils emerging in the last 10, 000 years offers different conditions for meadows, forests and fields. These soils serve as an archive for the region’s geological history, they forget nothing and are the source of many a fascinating story about the millions of years of Earth’s history, about human culture and about an indiscriminate interaction with the natural world. Yet, some secrets have not yet been exposed.

The exhibition’s interactive stations were developed by the Varusschlacht im Osnabrücker Land — Museum and Park Kalkriese, with the support of the Hesse Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.