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Vesuvius Day | August 24, 2020

On August 24, 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius, a stratovolcano in Italy, began erupting in one of the deadliest volcanic events ever recorded in Europe. For nearly two days, a violent cloud of hot gas and ash spewed out of the volcano’s main vent, blanketing the surrounding cities of Pompeii & Herculaneum in leathly hot volcanic […]

Quarantine Conversations – Honey Day

Happy Honey Day! UBC researchers in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences are using honey from urban hives to track airborne pollution. They are analysing the chemistry of the honey using geochemical tools (i.e. looking for traces of lead by analyzing the honey in the lab) to map pollution in urban centres and […]

Quarantine Conversations – Pride Edition

Happy Pride Month! To celebrate the diversity in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, this month’s edition of Quarantine Conversations focuses on our LGBTQ members. We are excited to acknowledge and hear from voices in this traditionally underrepresented group. This week we chatted with four queer members of EOAS to learn more about […]

World Oceans Day – Conversations with UBC Ocean Scientists

World Oceans Day Join us at the Pacific Museum of Earth in celebrating World Oceans Day – an annual call to action on June 8 that invites our global community to preserve and rehabilitate Earth’s oceans. The ocean holds clues to both the origin and the engine of all life on Earth. Despite the fact […]

PME in the news

Based on an interview in April, there is now a nice little article featuring the response to COVID-19 at PME and other museums. See The Source, Forum of Diversity, a local Vancouver news source, at Click Read More for live links. UBC’s Dep’t Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences was also featured in the previous […]

Mary Anning & International Museum Day

ICOM’s theme for 2020 is “Museums for Equality; Diversity and Inclusion. Mary Anning was the first woman to truly make a difference in the (then) emerging science of paleontology. So these topics seem made for each other! Explore the multimedia page sequence celebrating these two events for the year 2020, and watch our Twitter, Facebook […]

PME: Interactive & Virtual

The last couple weeks has seen many new interactive materials added to PME exhibit pages and new pages with fun and educational activities. Explore the main menu items “Exhibits” and “Learn“. Also, take a virtual field trip focusing on natural hazards in the Vancouver – Whistler region is being prepared for PME use. Meanwhile, a […]

How are museums responding to COVID19?

Here is a loose collection of discoveries about museums around the world, resulting from a brows-and-search exercise. There was no specific target other than getting a feel for how museums around the world are reacting to the COVID19 pandemic. We may add to it if we make interesting discoveries, but we’ll have to see. Thank […]

Earth Day 2020

In honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, we have created a short Prezi presentation. Many thanks to Meg Soderlund for creating this. Click “Read More” to enjoy this interactive presentation. Best viewed “full screen”. (This little window is too small). There are of course many, many posts and presentations this Earth Day, 2020. Just one […]

Virtual 3D PME updates

Our very cool 3D interactive virtual museum gallery has recently been updated with additional information and audio AND vivdeo clips. Explore starting at . Soon we will add some word- and image-based puzzles, and additional imagery of museum exhibits for online visiting, so stay tuned!