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Life in One Cubic Foot Special Exhibition

    • How much life can you find in one cubic foot? The answer will surprise you. It turns out, a whole lot! Biocubes—the life in a cubic foot of soil or water over one day—capture enough variation to explore the complexity of entire ecosystems.

      Life in One Cubic Foot, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, explores life from exotic environments, like the coral reefs of French Polynesia and the alien mid-water ocean off the coast of California to the more familiar locales, like New York City’s Central Park. Hundreds of different organisms ranging in size from the head of a pin to the full size of the biocube are featured in the exhibition through collages of photographs, models, interactive elements and exhibition videos.

      After seeing how scientists use the concept of one cubic foot to understand the diversity of life in the field, explore how biocubes can be used to uncover life in more familiar places. Ready to make discoveries of your own? Learn what it takes to build your own biocube and contribute to community science by studying and sharing discoveries from your neighborhood habitats!