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The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall

Forecast: 100 percent chance of change

Where else can you experience an earthquake, touch a tornado and broadcast a weather forecast all in the same day? Discover how earth, air and water interact to produce dynamic results.

What does it feel like to walk through an earthquake or touch a tornado? Discover for yourself as you explore extreme Earth events within the controlled safety of The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall.

Through highly immersive exhibits, engaging multimedia stations and powerful footage of real-world Texas weather events, you’ll discover how — and why — the land and climate on planet Earth are constantly changing. You’ll even have the chance to present your own realistic weathercast, either live from the studio or “on location” at a simulated extreme-weather event. Other highlights of this 4,000-square-foot hall include:

Land Dynamics

The ground under your feet is always changing — usually very slowly, but sometimes abruptly! Get hands-on as you:

  • Feel and compare different earthquake magnitudes in our Earthquake Shake immersive experience
  • Interact with a touch-response globe to visualize how Earth’s continents have shifted over millions of years
  • Discover geological dating techniques that scientists use to learn more about Earth’s history

Water and Air

Where does your drinking water come from? What causes tornadoes, hurricanes and other wild weather conditions? Discover the answers through these and other interactive experiences:

  • Use a dynamic touchscreen to create virtual waves caused by wind, tides, storms and earthquakes
  • Make your own prediction about the weather using radar weather data — then check to see if your prediction was right
  • Grab a raincoat, bow tie or other prop as you step in front of the camera to deliver a weather report
  • Reach inside our Touch Tornado exhibit to feel the airflows and discover the amazing power of a tornado
  • Watch footage of real Texas storms and live feeds of current natural events, including tornadoes, hurricanes and more