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Experts to provide peek of Smithsonian soils exhibit

Arizona's state soil, "Casa Grande," is featured in a new 5,000-square-foot exhibition, "Dig it! The Secrets of Soil," at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum, Washington, D.C. The exhibition will travel to museums across the country from 2010-2013.

WHO: A three-person panel of experts, along with the President of the Soil Science Society of America (Dr. Gary "Pete" Peterson) will discuss the new "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil" exhibition

  • Pat Megonigal, Ph.D., Exhibit Curator and a Soil Biogeochemist, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Barbara Stauffer, Exhibit Developer, Smithsonian's Natural History Museum
  • Jennifer Bine, Project Director, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

WHAT: Opening Plenary Session - Pritchard Lecture, "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Soils Exhibit Opening and the Traveling Tour," as part of the Soil and Water Conservation Society annual conference

WHERE: Salons B-E, JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, Tucson, AZ

WHEN: Monday, July 28, 2008, 8:30-10:00am, with continued discussion to follow

WHY: "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil" reveals the complex world of soils and how soils support life on earth. Dig It! includes interactive displays, hands-on models, and videos. Arizona's own "Casa Grande" soil is featured as one of 54 soil samples in the exhibition.


Contact: Sara Uttech
Soil Science Society of America

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