Mar 7, 2020

New exhibition showcases Deep Earth research at the Sedgwick Museum


Co-created by a team of researchers from the University’s Department of Earth Sciences, Museum staff, and with input from the public, the new exhibition enables visitors to explore inside the deep Earth, and find out more about the people who use earthquakes to understand what happens deep below the Earth’s surface. Turn the pages of a 3D Earth model, make the Earth’s mantle move with playful swells of convection; and trigger seismic waves that ripple throughout the Earth.
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Posted by: Sarah

Researchers will be on hand in the Sedgwick Museum at a free public event, Super Science Saturday, on 14th March, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. There will be opportunities to play the role of a seismologist to find out “What’s Inside the Earth?, create P and S waves with slinkies, earn a Deep Earth Explorer badge, as well as a wide range of other activities.

Leader of the Deep Earth Explorers research team, Dr Sanne Cottaar said ‘This is really exciting research hunting for clues as to what is in the deep Earth. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the Museum to create these interactive displays which introduces people to our work and our life as researchers.’

Director of the Sedgwick Museum, Dr Liz Hide, commented ‘Showcasing the work of this young international research team is a great way to encourage young people to get into science’.




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Women’s contribution to geological science can be ‘seen and heard’ in the Collections at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, and especially in the Archives.

On Sunday 8th March 2020 it’s International Women’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate women's achievement as well as raising awareness and taking action for equality. The Sedgwick Museum is using this important date in the calendar to talk about its collections from a different narrative, one that is equally valid but not previously visible.




Co-created by a team of researchers from the University’s Department of Earth Sciences, Museum staff, and with input from the public, the new exhibition enables visitors to explore inside the deep Earth, and find out more about the people who use earthquakes to understand what happens deep below the Earth’s surface. Turn the pages of a 3D Earth model, make the Earth’s mantle move with playful swells of convection; and trigger seismic waves that ripple throughout the Earth.