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Our Earth: Interactive Education
February 4, 2010   
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The Palace of Culture and Science is hosting an interactive exhibition entitled Nasza Ziemia (Our Earth). Comprising three sections entitled Time of Ecosystems, Time of the Earth and Time of Man on the second, sixth and 30th floors, the exhibition is devoted to the main challenges in ecology facing contemporary Europe.

Those visiting the second floor of the Palace will learn about polar, aquatic, agricultural and forest ecosystems and find out, for example, how glaciers are formed, what the Green Revolution of the 1950s was, and what impact forests have on the quality of human life.

The sixth-floor section is dedicated to the history of planet Earth. According to scientists, the advent of complex, multi-cell life on Earth necessitated an unbelievable combination of astrophysical and geological phenomena. The history of the Earth is illustrated by a library of 4,568 volumes, each 1,000 pages long. Each volume stands for one million years and every single page is a century. Some of the books are open to pages dealing with issues such as the emergence of life, climate change and major natural disasters. The final seven volumes concern humans. Our immediate ancestor, Cro-Magnon man, does not appear until 30 pages before the end of the last book.

The third section on the sixth and 30th floors features modern times, with interactive fun in rooms called "Laundry," "Restaurant," "Supermarket" and "Living Room." In the Laundry, visitors can test their knowledge of the amount of water needed to produce goods such as a T-shirt, a hamburger, paper and so on. Playing a shop assistant in the Supermarket, you run a bar code scanner over food products to see how much carbon dioxide they emit. Sitting on a sofa in the Living Room, you get to take part in a quiz, while in the Restaurant, you answer questions about the sell-by date of fruits and vegetables shown on a screen.

An important part of the exhibition is a photo gallery on the 30th floor. Digitally processed photographs entitled The Earth's Tomorrow show what the world might look like when "attacked" by nature after humans are no more. The pictures include the Capitol in Washington, D. C., surrounded by thick vegetation and the Great Wall of China covered by dunes.

Nasza Ziemia (Our Earth), Palace of Culture and Science
Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 18. Tickets zl.20 (normal) and zl.15 (concessions); the price includes admission to the Palace's observation deck with a panoramic view over Warsaw.
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