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These displays and the Imax film, Coral Reef Adventure, introduced me to the incredible diversity and crucial roles of some of the Earth's ecosystems.

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Viewing the elaborate exhibitions of ocean life and biodiversity was an enlightening and entertaining experience. These displays and the Imax film, Coral Reef Adventure, introduced me to the incredible diversity and crucial roles of some of the Earth's ecosystems. These vivid installations enabled better understanding of the importance of preserving these ecosystems to sustain all of life. After this experience, I am very much inspired to help prevent destruction of nature's beauty. The purpose of the Hall of Biodiversity is to expand public understanding of the crucial role biodiversity plays in sustaining life, create awareness to the Earth's diverse and often endangered creatures, and alert visitors of the ecological crisis we now face, while displaying a vibrant and stimulating depiction of the spectacular beauty and abundance of life on Earth. Featured in the Hall of Biodiversity is the Spectrum of Life, a journey through the awesome diversity of life on Earth. It presents 1500 specimens, which represent a large assortment of bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals, such as microorganisms and terrestrial and aquatic giants. The 100-foot-long installation, grouped into 28 living categories, displays 3.5 billion years of evolution. There are ten interactive computer stations to help guests recognize the specimens shown in the Spectrum and explain their distribution on Earth. Another element of the hall is the impressive diorama of the Dzanga-Sangha rain forest, which shows one of the most biodiversity-rich ecosystems on Earth. ...read more.


We have the power to stop this destruction, but we must first understand the importance of biodiversity and what threatens it. Human beings rely on healthy ecosystems and on the millions of animal, plant, fungal, and microbial species on Earth. We depend on ecosystem benefits such as the production of oxygen through photosynthesis, the purification of water, and the natural cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and other elements necessary to life. We use biological diversity for food, medicine, clothing, and shelter. Not only is it to our advantage, but also we are morally obligated as co-inhabitants of the Earth to find ways to prevent the terrible destruction of ecosystems and the growing loss of the world's living creatures. Human population has grown since the discovery of agriculture around 10,000 years ago. People have already converted large amounts of land for farming, and the industrial revolution has increased development of cities, roads, and manufacturing facilities, all at the cost of natural ecosystems. Transformation of land for farming and timber production is increasing, especially in tropical regions where most of the world's species live. Our fisheries and an abundance of wildlife species have become severely depleted through excessive exploitation, and pollution is also destroying many species. In addition, foreign species arriving from distant lands through human contact are causing large numbers of local species to become extinct. Around 30,000 species a year are being lost forever, and it's all because of us. ...read more.


Their average life span is from 40-80 years, and their closest relative is the fin whale. These large whales are safe from most predators, and their massive bodies retain heat well, which is an advantage when in the cold ocean waters. Their diet consists mostly of shrimp-like krill. These whales are difficult to study because they spend little time at the surface and migrate to remote waters. Therefore, scientists know little about they live. The Coral Reef Adventure is a true story of the expedition of two underwater filmmakers, Howard and Michele Hall. It takes the audience from the Great Barrier Reef of Australia to the islands of Fiji and Tahiti, exploring some of the world's largest and most beautiful reefs. The giant Imax screen makes the viewer feel like he/she is actually there. Coral reefs, which have a higher diversity of species than most rain forests, are large limestone structures and are vital to the survival of numerous marine animals. They are comprised of living corals and other reef-building animals on top of older coral skeletons. Besides being a beautiful sight to the eyes, this exhibition taught me a lot. I realize, more than ever, the importance of preserving our ecosystems in order to sustain life. In an effort to protect biodiversity, we need to have more national parks and reserves, international treaties, and programs created to manage wild lands. We also need to enforce the laws more effectively to assure that no one abuses our land, because the Earth and its inhabitants are sacred. ...read more.

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