Billions of burning stars… Trillions of mysterious planets… But ours can support life! Planet Earth has breathable air, plentiful water, sunlight, ideal temperatures, and just the right dose of gravity. Against great odds, these elements come together to support a diversity of plants, creatures, and environments. Explore our Earth's systems, from extreme weather to geological phenomena and the alternative forms of energy our planet provides, and take an in-depth look at our geology collection of gems, minerals, and weather-measuring instruments used by generations past.
Dynamic Earth The Earth’s surface is constantly changing. Mountains are formed. Volcanoes erupt. Rivers cut canyons. Wind and water move rocks. Take control of the Earth and investigate our planet's geological history using touch screen technology.
Colliding Forces Step into a wind chamber to get an “air-witness” account of the differences in wind power between a light breeze, tropical storms, hurricanes and tornados! Hold on to your hats as we kick it up to 75mph!
Fascinating Formations Snowflakes come in all shapes and sizes, but do you know how temperature dictates their structure? Learn the science behind these chilly crystals, explore our Wilson Bentley Snowflake Collection and create your own snowflake design!
Get Tectonic From the mild to the violent, earthquakes can do some major damage. Explore the causes of earthquakes and use this new knowledge to build structures that can withstand different earthquake intensities in one of our earthquake shake tables.
Storm Team 2 Weather Center Become a weather forecaster and predict the weather using meteorology. Choose an extreme weather event or create your own forecast before recording yourself in action. Email your Storm Team 2 forecast to yourself so you can share your experience with friends and family!
Capture the Rays Use the sun's rays to explore how solar power can be used to power your home and explore how everyday home appliances require different amounts of energy to operate.
Turbulent Turbines While you can’t see it, wind can be captured to create energy. Create and test your own turbine to determine which combination of blades and arrangements generate the most power.
The Mighty Niagara Learn the history of Niagara Falls and how we use this local world wonder for hydroelectric power.
Water Meets Land Explore erosion and use a water table to see how varying speeds and amounts of traveling water affect sediment and the purposes of break walls and ice booms.
Our Marvelous Earth is presented by the Ackerman Family with additional support from the John R. Oishei Foundation, Seymour H. Knox Foundation, The D-B Trust Foundation, and the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences' Board of Managers. Content development support provided by WGRZ and Solar Liberty of Buffalo.