Explore the Wonders of Our Dynamic Earth
The fascinating science centre and conference venue, Our Dynamic Earth, in Edinburgh, Scotland, aims to facilitate a better understanding of earth science – the study of the forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, our planet. Using advanced multi-sensory technology the centre takes visitors through eleven galleries, each with a theme, telling the enthralling story of the earth’s past and present as well as looking into the future. Our Dynamic Earth is aptly situated at the foot of Salisbury Crags where the renowned 18th century geologist, James Hutton, did the majority of his most important work.
The themes of the galleries include a look at the enormity of geological time in comparison to time from a human perspective, why dinosaurs became extinct, earthquakes and volcanoes, as well as discussing challenges that the world faces today and possibilities of what the future may hold. This is all presented in an eco-friendly, non doom-and-gloom way. Visitors travel through time aided by audio-visual presentations and hands on exhibits that explore geography, biology, astronomy, oceanography and geology.
There are a host of things to see and do at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. With the help of modern technology, visitors can journey to the center of the earth in a cave-like setting with the smell of sulfur and deep rumblings suggesting that something earth-shattering is about to happen. If that is too hot to handle, visitors can take a seat in a helicopter to get a bird’s-eye view of the ice-age in Scotland and Norway. The theory of evolution is explored in the Casualties & Survivors gallery with displays of creatures such as the saber toothed cat and Brontosaurus, which are now extinct.
The surface of our planet is 70% covered by water that is home to billions of diverse life forms. Visitors can enjoy an underwater adventure to the depths of the ocean and become acquainted with all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures. Polar extremes, with ice, howling winds, freezing temperatures, icebergs, penguins, polar bears and the stunning aurora borealis is an adventure to remember.
With all this adventure on offer, plus an all-weather outdoor skating rink, a visit to Edinburgh in Scotland will not be complete without exploring Our Dynamic Earth.