EOS partners with Science Centre Singapore to open the new 'Earth Alive' exhibition

04 Dec 2020 | EOS News

Author: Lauriane CHARDOT

Contributor: Andrew KRUPA

The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) are delighted to announce the opening of their new 'Earth Alive' exhibition on Friday, 4 December 2020.

EOS strives to make societies safer and more sustainable, and this exhibition is a unique opportunity to contribute to this goal. Professor Benjamin Horton, Director of EOS, said that "The 'Earth Alive' exhibition is a unique collaboration. We have world-class scientists from the Earth Observatory of Singapore, working with the Science Centre Singapore to take the message out to Singaporeans."

Prof Horton, Director of EOS, and Mr Daniel Tan, Senior Director at SCS, discover one of the many exhibits from 'Earth Alive' (Source: Rachel Siao/Earth Observatory of Singapore)

With more than 20 interactive exhibits, 'Earth Alive' brings Earth sciences to children, students, and adults alike.

This new exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to experience processes that drive geohazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, climate change, and sea level rise. It also discusses some of the impacts that these Earth processes and people have on each other, and highlights case studies and stories from Southeast Asia.

Visitors can interact with physical exhibits to understand the geohazards that we live with. Compelling displays and targeted explanations complement the exhibits and allow its visitors to further explore the phenomena in a Southeast Asian context.

Prof Horton interacts with the 'Microfossil Scope' exhibit from 'Earth Alive' (Source: Rachel Siao/Earth Observatory of Singapore)

Singapore is relatively sheltered from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but it is at the centre of the Southeast Asian Ring Of Fire, one of the most disaster-prone regions on Earth. At 'Earth Alive' visitors can, for example, discover how magma migrates underground, how earthquakes work, and how Singapore has changed over the years.

Because it is a low-lying country, Singapore is vulnerable to climate change and sea-level rise. The climate-related exhibits from 'Earth Alive' will show the visitors how their actions impact what our future holds. "Visitors will be able to think about not only Singapore or Southeast Asia, but the whole planet and how it is responding to global warming", said Prof Horton.

Visitors of 'Earth Alive' can stay updated on EOS’s activities through a dedicated panel (Source: Rachel Siao/Earth Observatory of Singapore)

"There has never been a more important time to understand how the Earth works and how its changes directly influence our lives", said Prof Horton. "We need to understand how it works and if we are armed with this information, we can be more sustainable, stop climate change, and have a happy future. This is the key about this exhibit: to enable education."

'Earth Alive' replaces the 'Earth: Our Untamed Planet' exhibition, and it is part of the long-lasting partnership between EOS and SCS. After some time in the making, it is now ready to welcome visitors from all around the world.

Associated with 'Earth Alive', visitors can also join workshops on the EOS Dynamic Earth Games.

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