New York Times Sant Ocean Hall review
Geologic period: Modern
Visitor to the new Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History. Photo cortesy of the New York Times.
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The New York Times' review of the Sant Ocean Hall says the newly renovated Hall "isn't just about 71 percent of the Earth's surface. It is the largest renovation in the museumís century-long history and a transformation of its largest exhibition space, making it as much about the museumís future as about the ocean's."
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"...In one long side gallery is a narrative history of oceanic evolution told through fossils, including, most dramatically, a wall on which the 'great dying' is displayed: 252 million years ago nearly 95 percent of all sea species became extinct. The cause might have been a volcanic eruption or an asteroid ó a disaster that dwarfs the more familiar disappearance of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. You proceed past a display laden with stone creatures, then pass a red barrier representing the catastrophe and are faced with the few survivors."