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  1. Puffball Mushrooms

    Mushrooms appear in many disparate forms, textures, and sizes. This particular case contains the Puffball mushrooms, which have little openings in the top, through which the spores escape. The case contains an additional explanatory text, as well as models of the Water-Measuring Earthstar, Pear-shaped Puffball, Gemmed Puffball, Giant Puffball, and the Bird's Nest fungus. Learn More
  2. Oil Well Model

    Take a closer look at the intricate workings of an oil well, bearing down deep through thousands of feet of stratified rock. You will get a glimpse of the machinery as well as the tremendous power it takes to extract oil from its sandy home. Learn More
  3. Taxidermy (American Red Squirrel - Fall)

    Learn about squirrel in its forest habitat while exploring what's real and what's not! Borrow this case before visiting the Museum's dioramas to understand the process of taxidermy. Learn More
  4. Shake, Rumble, and Roll

    Earth's surface is a complex, dynamic system fractured into zones called tectonic plates. These plates are in constant motion, causing earthquakes when they move past one another. Use this box to understand the theory of continental drift, the evidence supporting the theory, and how this theory provides the context for earthquakes. Use a seismograph to learn how scientists measure earthquakes and simulate an earthquake to find out how man-made structures might react to ground movements. Learn More
  5. Eel

    Eel


    Investigate the curious history and mysterious migratory habits of the Eel. Scientists have long wondered about this fish, whose long, snake-like form is shown here. Learn More
  6. Skunk Cabbage

    Check out the complicated blooming cycle of this ill-smelling plant, which is actually an arum rather than a cabbage. The Skunk Cabbage attracts numerous insects with its odor, and spiders take advantage of this arrangement by setting up handy webs across the top of the plant. Learn More
  7. Cottonwood

    Explore how this flowering tree makes its presence known throughout the summer with its red wooly"caterpillars," its "cotton wisps" and its invasive root systems. The excess of pollen, produced by the male Cottonwood, helps ensure that fertilization of the female plants. This display features some of the uses of the Cottonwood and the different components of the tree. Learn More
  8. Veiled Gilled Mushrooms

    Did you know that mushrooms belong to the fungi kingdom, which also includes mildews, molds, rusts, and yeasts? Lacking a true root system, as well as chlorophyll, fungi are usually detrivores and among the only organisms which can decompose wood. A number of specimens are shown here, including the Sulphur polypore, Pearshaped Puffball, Parosol, and the Dog Stinkhorn. Learn More
  9. Coal Mine Model

    Dive into the difficult underground world of coal mining. Complete with tiny workers and machinery, this model exhibits the ways in which we locate and harvest this all-important fuel. Learn More
  10. Graphite

    Take a closer look at the graphite in your pencil and you'll be surprised to learn that it might represent the carbon from life forms of past geological ages. Though graphite is only one form of carbon, it is found in two places: crystalline clumps and softer rocks. Learn More

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