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|Authors: ||Nave, Rosella*|
|Title: ||"Dynamic Mediterranean”: an educational path through Earth science and geophysical research at Genova Science Festival 2010|
|Issue Date: ||3-Apr-2011|
|Keywords: ||science exibition|
|Abstract: ||Science Festivals are events world wide organized, and they have became more and more one of the most effective
playground where science meet people.
Genova Science Festival, held since 2003, is the Italian most interesting event of that type.
The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), one of the largest European scientific institution deal-
ing with Earth Sciences research and real-time surveillance, early warning, and forecast activities in geophysics
and volcanology, participates every year developing a specific educational path, concerning some of its research
For the 2010 Genova Science Festival, the INGV has produced an educational exhibition called “Mediterraneo
Dinamico” (Dynamic Mediterranean). This is a journey in the geodynamical history of the Mediterranean
region from 200 million years ago till present. This long process took place also through some instantaneous
dramatic events as eruptions, tsunami, earthquakes, whose studies have revealed their strong impact on cultural
Mediterranean evolution as well as on environmental aspects as climate.
The exhibition path aim is to illustrate and explain to general public, and especially to teachers and students, the
results from researches conducted by INGV also in collaboration with other Italian and International partners,
as well as from the real time Mediterranean sea water monitoring. The chosen exhibition instruments are wide
colourful illustrated posters, greatly illustrated, together with smart interactive exhibits. In particular the path starts
with a “Time Machine”, that allows visitors to retrace the main steps of the Mediterranean geological evolution,
supported by posters. The following section concerning the “Mediterranean catastrophic event” welcome visitors
with a glass pyramid projecting a virtual eruption almost as an “ologramma”, and side panels with two short
videos explaining two great explosive eruptions and a tsunami event.
The section on Mediterranean Tsunami are equipped with an interactive large map of the location of Mediteranean
where occurred tsunami events, illustrated posters and also a microscope with a camera where visitors can analyse
a core with a tsunami deposits. Also an interactive model of a GEOSTAR - Geophisical and Oceanographic
Station of Abyssal Research provide visitors an entertaining approach on how a submarine observatory works with
all his sensors, while a computer station permits visitors to read real time measures of some marine environmental
The exhibition journey trough the Mediterranean geo-history and Earth Science and Geophysical research shows
how the continuous knowledge and monitoring of to this Region dynamics are fundamental to design a future
bearable development for the 30 million people living along the Mediterranean shores.|
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