Your Passport to the World's Greatest
Find clues in museum exhibits to connect our "greatest place", the
Science Museum of Minnesota, with our Omnifilm, The Greatest Places.
Gallery names are in bold. Exhibit names are
- Find the seven Greatest Places on the large map in
Paleontology East Building/Ground Floor.
( Madagascar, Chang Tang (Tibetan Plateau), Amazon Basin, Iguazu Falls,
Namib Desert, Greenland, Okavango Delta)
Places fact: Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil
and Argentina, is made up of 275 separate waterfalls.
For some clues, check out the big water and clay
sculpture in the middle of Our Minnesota, Canyon,
Lake Desert, Delta.
- Can you find more than one waterfall? How many?
- What happens at the bottom of the waterfall?
- Watch carefully when the water stops flowing.
- Do you know of some other famous waterfalls?
Places fact: The Tibetan
Plateau ( Chang Tang ), the highest large plateau
in the world, has few shrubs or trees. People living here
use the yak for many things, including food, shelter, and
Anthropology West Building, second floor
- Find examples of animals that other people in the
world have used for food, clothing and shelter or other
Places fact: The Okavango Delta is the world's
largest inland delta. Its permanent swamps and variety of
habitats are home to elephants, crocodiles, hippos,
antelope, lions, wild dogs, a multitude of birds and almost
80 species of fish.
Our Minnesota East Building, second floor
Look for any deltas in the water/clay sculpture, named
Canyon, Lake Desert, Delta. ( A delta is named
after the Greek letter which is the shape of a triangle
- How is a delta formed?
- Try to form a delta on the Stream Table
- Where do deltas usually occur?
Places fact: Madagascar, an island ark off the east
coast of Africa, contains semi-arid, temperate and tropical
climates. As many as 10,000 species of plants live in
Madagascar ( Minnesota has about 2000 )
Paleontology East Building, ground floor
- Minnesota was once on the equator! What kind of
climate did Minnesota have then? ( Find clues in the
exhibits behind the big map. )
- As the earth changed over time, the land, water and
life in this place changed. What is Minnesota's climate
- Lemurs are found only in Madagascar. Do you know of
any plants or animals that are found only in
Places fact: The Namib Desert, along the west coast
of Africa has some of the tallest dunes in the world. They
may reach 350 meters.
Experiment Gallery, West Building, third floor
Constant wind in the desert forms dunes. Find the
- Can you form a very tall dune in this exhibit?
- Predict what will happen to this dune when you shift
the wind direction.
- Use the round handle to change the direction of the
wind ( fan ). How does the result match your
- Can you make the dunes migrate as in the Namib
- Can you think of any deserts in the US?
Places fact: The Amazon River receives the water of
more than 1000 other rivers. One of these tributaries , the
Rio Negro, is named for the dark waters stained by acid.
( Negro is Spanish for black )
Our Minnesota East Building, second floor
- When two rivers meet, do they look the same or
There are three photographs in Our Minnesota that
can help answer this question. Choose one or look at all
three. In each case, two rivers join together.
Title: Where Two Rivers Meet ( near the
handheld plow )
Title: Window on the St. Croix River- Mixing Rivers
Title: Green Street ( large wall map of the Twin
- What are the rivers shown?
- How are the two rivers different in each
- What color is the river closest to where you
Places fact: Greenland has the second largest ice cap
in the world. 85% of Greenland is covered by ice.
Experiment Gallery West Building, third floor
Look at the exhibits about the sun's energy in the
Weather section. Which exhibits give you clues about
the formation of snow, ice caps or the amount of the sun's
energy that reaches the earth? ( Look at all these
exhibits to answer the questions below )
- Where is Greenland located on the earth?
- Summer Sun/Winter Sun allows you to change the angle
- What happens to the amount of the sun's energy when
you make the angle bigger?
- Would Greenland receive more or less energy than
- Why don't we have ice caps in Minnesota?
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