Gaia Centre demonstrates to visitors the way planet Earth has been functioning for millions of years and how it functions today, with the interventions of modern people. At the entrance, as well as all along the exhibition, the ancient goddess Gaia is present extending her offering hand to humans.
The «Geosphere», which is unique in the world, is a hemispherical dome- monitor of 5m of diameter and of approximately 40 m2 of surface. It shows the rotating planet in 225,000 high resolution images. It also presents, in a brief and concise way, the geological evolution of the planet from its creation, 4.6 billion years ago, until today.
The exhibition is conceived and implemented by the London Museum of Natural History in cooperation with Goulandris Museum of Natural History.
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EARTH AND ECOSYSTEM
Earth is the only known planet in our solar system that supports life. Nearly all of the energy essential to sustain life ultimately comes from the Sun. Without it, Earth would be a dark and frozen planet. The sunlight is only a proportion of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the Sun. This radiation reaches the atmosphere, an invisible shield surrounding the Earth, protecting it from meteorites and the harmful properties of electromagnetic radiation.
The big environmental footprint of human activity is indicative of its huge impact on Earth's evolution. After moving out of the forests, man had to fight vigorously to survive in new, unfamiliar environments. Today, he has concurred nearly all of them. He learned how to use fire, and developed agriculture and horticulture. Nowadays, through science and technology, human exhibit a dramatically improved lifestyle.
Despite humans' intelligence and conquers, these are today faced with the destructive consequences of some of their actions. They have to deal with an environmental crisis, as seen through five challenges: energy, transport, natural resources, water and food. Each challenge starts with the presentation of the relevant problem. The ultimate purpose it to provide realistic alternative approaches for every visitor, in order to ensure a viable present and future for humanity and for the planet.