If you have been following our blog, you will have read ‘A Curator’s Dream Come True’. In that post, Diane
provides an overview of black smoker hydrothermal vents and how we came to have black smoker specimens in our collection.
But our curator is not the only one who dreamed of having black smokers in our collection.
Back when I was designing Minerals Unearthed – our geosciences-oriented learning zone – at the top of my wish list was a black smoker. Now, of course, because for some reason I usually aim big, my ideal would have been to have a specimen which towered over the zone’s visitors.
Of course, this was all ‘if you could do anything’ thinking, but none-the-less, the desire to incorporate black smokers into our exhibits in some fashion has remained with me.
So when Diane called me into her office to show me we had received black smokers as a donation, I was more than excited.
The question was how are we going to display them?
Long term, we are working on plans for permanent displays of the smokers in our mineral gallery as well as in Minerals Unearthed.
While it will be a while before these specimens are on permanent display, that does not mean you have to wait to see them.
The good news is that some of the specimens will be on display this summer, from April 25 through the end of August, as a part of our summer exhibit – Water: Beneath the Surface.
So if you are as excited by hydrothermal vent formations as Diane and myself, don’t miss this opportunity to see these amazing seafloor formations.
To discover more about the exhibit, look at the ‘Beneath the Surface’ posts within our Rethink blog.
Photo: USGS / W.R. Normak / Wikicommons