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October 8, 2003
The California Science Center Offers Hands-on Exploration in Explorazone Exhibit
Through August 16, 2004
Aeolian Landscape

Los Angeles – Where can you create a miniature wind-swept desert landscape, make cloud rings or effortlessly roll square wheels? The answer lies in the "Explorazone" Exhibit on display at the California Science Center through August 16, 2004.

The innovative exhibit, designed to make science, math and technology engaging, exciting and fun, will feature 33 all new hands-on displays from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. This set of Explorazone exhibits focuses on wind, weather, turbulence, math, motion and illusion.

In “Aeolian Landscape,” a miniature wind-swept desert scene mimics the process of wind picking up and depositing small particles using an electric fan and finely ground sand. You can change the direction of the fan and notice how the shape of the miniature dunes influences the pattern of the wind, which in turn influences the shape of the dunes.


Math and motion come into play in an exhibit like “Square Wheels,” where curves and bumps combine with math allowing guests to effortlessly roll square wheels. Weather is explored in "Cloud Rings" and other phenomenon-producing exhibits. "Cloud Rings" uses a mist generator and a large rubber membrane with a hole in the middle to launch a ring of vapor up to the ceiling, simulating a floating cloud. "Tornado" produces a large, enclosed tornado with mist and fans. This exhibit, which has been duplicated by several other museums since it was first produced by the Exploratorium, is the latest version, intentionally "de-tuned" so that random air current can cause both the creation of a tornado and its temporary cessation.

Chaotic and unpredictable much of the time, it presents a delightful and ever-changing image. Some of the other exhibits included in this round are, "Turbulent Orb", "Circling Wave Umbrella", "Tectonic Basin" and "Illusions Package".

Editor's Note: The California Science Center is located at 700 State Drive – Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Enter visitor parking at 39th & Figueroa; parking is $6 per car. Activities are on all three floors of the Science Center. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to Science Center exhibits is free; for general information, phone 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623) or visit our website at http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.

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