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New exhibit opens at ASU Museum

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University's Museum has a new exhibit up and open to the public called Arkansas Rocks, Rivers and Road cuts. It's teaching Arkansas geography to the public in an interactive and fun way. Education Curator of the ASU Museum, Jill Kary, says "It is an Arkansas Discovery Network exhibit. It's funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, and allows people to come in and learn the geology of Arkansas."

This new exhibit explores the five physiographical regions of the state. Museum visitors can learn about the geography of Arkansas and the processes that formed the different regions. "We have a wonderful settling column," Kary said. "People can spin this big tube and watch to see what happens underneath the earth when we have an earthquake. We also have a big, round tub of a thing full of sand. There's a button on it that you push and causes sand blows to occur. So, it's really interesting to watch that and watch what happens when it stops because it causes the land to sink."

Kary says these exhibits help people to understand what happened to their own state. "After the New Madrid Fault," Kary said. "It caused a lot of sunken areas in Arkansas. The great sunken lands are what people used to call it. And so, there are a lot of places in Arkansas that sank after the New Madrid Earthquake of 1812."

Kary says these interactive exhibits appeal to people of all ages. "These are great for children," Kary said. "But they're also great for adults. Many of us when we were in school weren't paying attention when the teacher talked to us about geology. But once you come in here and you look at things and see how the earth works, it causes us to be more interested and engaged."

The exhibit will be at the museum until the end of August. Museum hours are Tuesday 9 to 7, Wednesday through Saturday is 9 to 5, and Sunday 1 to 5. Admission is free and open to the public.

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