Billions of organisms make up fertile soil. Soil is the basis of human nutrition and an enormous archive of the region’s geological history. The "Underground" exhibition will offer an insight into the unknown universe underneath our feet until 17 April 2017, showing the variety of soils with their richness in organisms and resources.
Children can go on a treasure hunt to explore the exhibition on a tour by themselves, including a series of interactive stations. It's all about soil and about excavating, experimenting, testing, and research. Kids can conjure up different soils, and listen to many a fascinating story about soils, become familiar with archaeologists' gimmicks to draw secrets and treasures from the soil, and uncover hidden miracles using brushes and spades.
The fascination that soil has held for scientists is documented by drawings, watercolours, and photographs dedicated to the tiniest of organisms, the dimension of root mats, or the multi-layered structure of soils and their natural vegetation.
What does humus smell like? Where do field hamsters live in Hesse? How much soil is in spinach, spaghetti, and schnitzel? How does wine get its flavour? What role does soil play for water and the climate? The exhibition focuses on all these topics.
Simply by looking at the soils in Hesse, including more than twenty specimens ranging from the Taunus to the Odenwald mountainous ridges, one can get a feeling of the large variety characterising this underground universe. The plants growing in these soils and the role they play as part of the ecosystem are dealt with, as are the loss of soils and their complex decontamination. Soils are sensitive natural formations and they forget nothing.