Hall of Ocean
Oceans are a world of mystery, magic and beauty. It covers about 70% of the total surface of the earth. There is an endless array of fascinating and incredibly interesting facts about our oceans. Many of them will truly defy our imagination. But it is hard to realise that we have barely touched on the total data potentially available. After countless hours of research and exploration we have found that we know only a fraction of fish, whales, and sharks swimming around our shores, or the squid and shrimp found in the darkest reaches of our oceans.
The Hall of Ocean attempts to provide visitors with a unique and breathtaking introduction to the majesty of the ocean and delve deep into its tantalising mysteries.
Visitors entering the 4800 square feet exhibition hall will be welcomed by the replica of a huge blue whale with its graceful body gestures. By the side of the whale, a cylindrical section of the ocean depth stands erect towering above all the exhibits in the gallery. It comprises a variety of the bizarre creatures at different levels of the ocean.
200 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, all the land was connected in one giant supercontinent we have named Pangea, surrounded by a single enormous ocean Panthalassa. The exhibit Continental Drift explains how the supercontinent was fragmented and how did the oceans get where they are today.
At any given time during the year a large portion of the oceans will be hidden under layers of ice. The Frozen Oceans with the icy flakes and blocks wrapping the Arctic Ocean has the storyline regarding its significance in stabilising the global climate.
The waters of the ocean are never at rest. There is always wave motion of some kind. During the monsoon in Kerala you will see furious and turbulent sea all over. But how do you reason the sporadic stillness of certain regions of the Kerala coast during the same season? The exhibit Mudbank (Chakara) has the answers for this widely misapprehended phenomenon.
Scientists know more about the moon than they know about the ocean floor. However oceanographers who study oceans have recognised many features in the world beneath the waves. Come for a closer watch at the Globe without oceans! You can trace out the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean; the deepest trench in the world. Come on, we have emptied out the water so you can really see what's down there! Mariana Trench is 11.1 kilometres deep, while Mount Everest is 8.8 kilometres tall. This means that if you placed Mount Everest at the bottom of the Mariana Trench; the peak would still be 2.3 kilometres below sea level!
Production of sea salt has been dated to prehistoric times. How do we actually harvest salt from the sea water? In the gallery the exhibit Salt from Oceans will describe the process though it may not fetch you the smell of the salt air.
Coral reefs!! Often called "rainforests of the sea", coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. We have a variety of corals displayed to have an actual look at their intricacies.
You can also witness the furious face of the ocean when it devours the land and settlements by dominant seismic sea waves formed by the Tsunami Simulator in the gallery. The exhibit helps you to explore how the powers below the oceanic plates influence and shape the world in which we live in. High definition footages of this devastating phenomenon will also wrap the wall above the Tsunami Simulator.
The gallery also seeks to explain the rise and fall of the Tides, the significance of Estuaries in maintaining ecological balance, phenomenon of El-Nino & La-Nina, Beaufort scale the measure of wind speed, the migration of the Marine Birds, marine archaeology, ocean transport, methods of harnessing Power from Ocean, navigation instruments and so on. Meanwhile do not miss the opportunity to pilot the ship at the Ship Simulator!
With a surfeit of working as well as still models, replicas of sea creatures, marine artefacts, information kiosks, multimedia expositions, 3D TVs and digital installations the gallery presents a cosy and inviting ambience. The gallery also cautions the unsustainable and illegal fishing, marine pollution and climate related impacts due to human activities. Harming the planet’s blue is harming its green. Life is green. Let us allow it be evergreen.