Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Smithsonian Celebration of Soil

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History unveiled “Dig-It! The Secrets of Soil” exhibit on July 17, 2008. Cristian Samper, director of the National Museum of Natural History, declared the exhibit a “Celebration of soil,” at the reception and preview. SWCS and SSSA members from all over the US participated.

The grand opening to the public was on Saturday, July 19. The Pritchard Lecture at the SWCS Annual Conference in Tucson, Arizona, will be a presentation about this new exhibit. You can learn more about this presentation at “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil” occupies approximately 5,000 square feet in the National Museum of Natural History. It is on display through January 2010 when it will take to the road and will be displayed at over 10 museums around the US.

A soil monolith from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia are on display. Interactive stations include soil texture, color and parent materials, and the distribution of soils in the US. Displays and videos related soils to our daily activities and show water, nutrient, and gas movement in soil, soil formation, and more.

For more information, visit the Smithsonian exhibit Web site: and the Soil Science Society of America web site:

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