1. Earthquakes and volcanoes exhibition

Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis: these spectacular phenomena can be the cause of catastrophes with serious consequences.

How can these natural events be prevented? Through interactive objects and multimedia, this new permanent exhibition allows you to observe and understand the geological phenomena of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
It also explains the tools and methods used to study, monitor and adapt to them.

This area is divided into four major themes:

It moves!

It is impossible to prevent the panic and damage caused by an earthquake or a volcanic eruption, but it can be limited: the hazard is inevitable but the risks can be reduced. What are the considerations for the people and infrastructure in an earthquake zone?

Monitoring for prevention 

What are the physical and chemical factors which determine how dangerous a volcano is? How do scientists monitor the Earth?

The deep origins of these phenomena

Violent events on the Earth's surface are linked to the slow movement of rocks deep within the Earth.  What models do we have today to explain how the Earth works?

Prevention research

The detection of variations in underground electromagnetic fields, detailed analysis of shifts which may be indications of seismic rupture, improved understanding of the role of water in the movement of faults, improved theories on the formation of magma...




2. Geosciences

Adjoining the exhibition Earthquakes and volcanoes, this space provides further details on the seismic manifestations on display. It also address other themes such as the evolution of mankind, what we know about dinosaurs, questions of water management, and more.

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3. Atmosphere

The space taken up by mankind on the surface of the planet raises many questions, about extraordinary population growth, fundamental lifestyle changes and more. What impact does it have on our environment? And on us?



4. Life and Land

There has always been a close link between land and life.
This story is revealed through enquiries which are handled just like a police enquiry! At the rate of 10 million years per metre (5 million for every step!) you can take a journey through geological time. There are many landmarks along the way: the most ancient fish ever discovered, the oldest piece of grain, the first man and more.