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Dynamic Earth

Part of Hall of Planet Earth.

Dynamic Earth The Dynamic Earth section of the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth
AMNH / R. Mickens

The half globe above shows a changing image of the Earth as seen from space. As the Earth rotates, clouds are removed to reveal its oceans and continents. Then the land is stripped of vegetation, and water is drained from the oceans, exposing deeper and deeper levels of the ocean floor. Finally, the bare Earth, without atmosphere and water, appears.

The Earth is constantly changing, reworking itself into new and complex forms. Clouds materialize and melt away; wind and water carve the land into new shapes; and the slow churnings of the Earth’s interior keep the continents in motion and create new oceans and mountains. The interactions of