|Travel back in time to explore the world of the Champlain Valley when the Adirondack Mountains were as high as the Himalayas. Or to the time when beluga whales and seals swam in the salty waters of the Champlain Sea. Touch a live sea star, build your own mountain, or try your hand eroding rocks. These activities and much more await your explorations as you uncover the mysterious time Before the Basin.
Beluga Whale Dig
Did you know that whales once swam where cows now roam?
Become a paleontologist with goggles, brush, and chisel -
unearth re-created whale bones entomed in "sediment" from
Charlotte, Vermont. Step back and view the full skeleton of a
Beluga whale replica and spot the blow hole - the definitive
feature - a confirmation that aquatic mammals once swam in a
salt water sea where ECHO stands today.
Experience the power of wind, water, volcanic action, glacial
scouring, and other larger-than-life geologic forces that shaped
the landscape we see today in the Champlain Basin. Awesome
Forces immerses the visitor in the sights, sounds, and textures
of billions of years of dramatic geologic history during this
multi-sensory theater adventure.
Champlain Sea Tidepool
Sea stars, purple urchins, feisty hermit crabs, elegant
anemones, and other unusual salt water creatures inhabit this
marine tidepool display. Enjoy a close-up view or - if you dare
- gently touch one of these sea creatures that once called Lake
Champlain home, before it evolved into the fresh water lake we
know today. Borrow a magnifying hand lens and zoom in on the
bizarre appendages of these animals. Join Animal Care Staff and
experience how a sea star or an urchin actually moves its food.
Find out why and when marine life existed in Lake Champlain.
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