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February 9, 2018

The mysteries of Earth's sub-seafloor are featured in a new, interactive, traveling exhibit now open at the Virginia Museum of Natural History!

The exhibit - designed to heighten public awareness of the latest scientific understanding of the Earth through drilling, coring and monitoring the sub-seafloor - features six, interactive, hands-on learning stations situated around a 30-foot long floor map.  The exhibit is set to remain at VMNH thorugh Monday, February 19.

On Saturday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the museum is hosting an exhibit debut celebration, which (weather pending) will feature the unveiling of a 45-foot long replica of the JOIDES Resolution research vessel that includes an immersive theatre presentation inside of it.  Additionally, a large variety of games, crafts and special presentations by scientists who have worked on the actual research vessel will be available to visitors.

"The Virginia Museum of Natural History is extremely proud to be one of many partners that helped make this exhibit a reality and we are very happy to be the first destination where this exhibit is displayed," said Christy Deatherage, education manager at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.  "Exciting scientific discoveries are taking place every day that many people are unaware are occurring.  This exhibit will help shed light on sub-seafloor research through a truly interactive experience."

Other locations the exhibit is set to appear in Martinsville and the surrounding area include the Blue Ridge Public Library system, New College Instittue, Ryenolds Homestead, and Patrick Henry Community College.

"It's exciting that our community has been chosen to be the first in the nation to experience this unique exhibit," said Deatherage.  "Once it finishes its run locally, plans are to have the exhibit appear in New Brunswick, New Jersey and then in Brooklyn, New York."