This photo of The Earth Galleries in London is part of one of the panoramic images found on the PanoramicEarth.com Tour of London. There are over 100 images taken from around
The Earth Galleries used to be a separate museum, the
Either way, you are in for a treat. Follow down the labyrinths of the Natural History Museum, past fossils of aquatic dinosaurs, you enter a room filled with monolithic polished slabs of swirling granites, marbles and other things from the earth. Pause and absorb some of the shapes and colours that rival the best of artists (and win) before moving on.
You will then enter a large dark hall lined with cases containing samples of rocks and materials both beautiful and rare, as well as other minerals in their raw form. The hall seems to go on forever, with 4m high statues on lit pedestals at the far end. As you walk along you will become aware that an escalator ascends from the hall as if to
Then ascend the escalator and the very centre of the earth itself. You are about to begin your earth exploration, finding out about volcanoes, have the chance to stand on a platform and experience part of an earthquake, see how the very solid ground we stand on floats like a fragile sheet on a very hot and turbulent masses of magma. (You may have guessed by now that I really like this museum.). Learn about plate tectonics, a relatively new science, and see why the earth sometimes shakes, rattles and rolls.
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