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EARTH AND LIFE SCIENCE

In Alaska, our lives are closely intertwined with flora, fauna and the environment. This gallery focuses on earth and life sciences including geology and geography, with an emphasis on zoology. Exhibits include:

CREATURES NEAR AND FAR
Get ready for a wild time! Watch Chomper the snapping turtle, juvenile alligators and silver salmon, or make a new friend at the marine touch tank, which is home to sea stars, sea anemones and more.

SHAKE TABLE
Anchorage sits in one of the world's most active earthquake zones. Structures here must withstand strong quakes. At the shake table, erect a building, choose an earthquake and observe how well your building withstands the tremors.

TSUNAMI TANK
Master the oceans as you control the tsunami wave train that descends upon the tiny seaside town. Explore limitless possible seismic events, see how the waves produced result in disasters at the shore, and watch a slow-motion video of the latest catastrophe.

LIQUEFACTION
Toward the end of the last Ice Age, melting glaciers in the Cook Inlet region laid down a deposit known as Bootlegger's Cove clay. It is "sensitive clay." Shaking during strong earthquakes temporarily turns the clay from a material that can support buildings into flowing ooze. Use this model to see firsthand how Bootlegger Cove clay liquefies when it’s disturbed by tremors.

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Did you know?

You can tell a whale's age by looking at the wax plug in its ear.

Sneezing with your eyes open is impossible.

Alaska's Great Earthquake of 1964 is the strongest ever recorded in North America with a 9.2 magnitude.