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The ocean has always been a place of exploration, a reserve of biodiversity, a source of inspiration and legends, ... This exhibition at La Grande Galerie de l'Evolution in Paris, from April 3, 2019 to January 5, 2020, will also reveal surprising and little-known facets of the ocean. Through an immersive scenography, young and old will discover that the ocean has a lot to teach us.
 
Ahe new big exhibition of the Museum in the Jardin des Plantes plunges us into the depths of the ocean. This area, which covers 71% of the Earth's surface, is home to an immense and still unsuspected biodiversity. During an immersive journey, you will be able to explore unusual environments and meet species with astonishing characteristics. A journey below the surface that invites you to become aware of the richness of the marine environment and alerts you to the threats that human activities pose to it.
 
The adventure begins with the observation that the ocean is little known because it is an environment with many constraints. To meet the challenge of its exploration, scientists have over the centuries invented increasingly effective techniques and tools. Take a look at the major milestones of this underwater odyssey! Discover the role that the Museum's researchers play today in the inventory of marine biodiversity, the evolution of our tools to reach new depths and the current missions of the Museum's researchers to inventory this biodiversity, most of which remains to be discovered.
 
Observe life invisible to the naked eye as you enter the fascinating world of microscopic plankton. Discover the importance and beauty of the microorganisms that make up more than 95% of the ocean's biomass.
 
Dive in extreme environments, in territories difficult to access. Discover the relief of the great depths and the icy waters of the Southern Ocean. In these places, long considered as deserts, you will find original life forms with astonishing characteristics.
 
Discover that the ocean has a lot to teach us: This place of chemo-diversity is a reservoir of active molecules that can be used in many fields such as pharmacology. The ocean is also one of the first sources of bio-inspiration to solve various problems (energy, urbanism, etc.) and develop innovative solutions.
 
Throughout the voyage, a red thread alerts us to the threats to marine biodiversity - acidification, plastic pollution, mining, overfishing... - and reminds us of the urgency of preserving it.
 
Finish your journey, between myth and reality, by letting yourself be surprised by legendary sea figures!
 
Exhibition Ocean, an unusual dive - Grande Galerie de l'Evolution - Paris 5e
 
As part of the exhibition, the Delachaux and Niestlé publishing house, in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History, is presenting the book "The history of the French Republic", published by the Delachaux and Niestlé publishing houses. Algae - Amazing landscapes " by Line Le Gall and Denis Lamy - Released April 4, 2019, 192 Pages
 

Header photo : Odontodactylus scyllarus © MNHN - Tin-Yam Chan
 

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