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LI-8100 Automated Soil CO2 Flux System Featured in Upcoming Smithsonian Exhibition

March 14, 2008

The LI-COR LI-8100 Automated Soil CO2 Flux System will be featured in an interactive display as part of the Smithsonian’s Dig It! Exhibit, scheduled to open July 19, 2008 at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D. C.

The Smithsonian is developing the 5,000 square foot exhibit with support from the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), and others, including LI-COR Biosciences.

The goal of the program is to foster greater public understanding of and interest in soils and focus attention on soil topics for secondary education students. Visitors to the exhibit will gain a better understanding of how healthy soils are linked to environmental health, economic strength, and food security.

The exhibit will bring soils to life and invite visitors to look at soils in a new and exciting way through interactive displays, multimedia, hands-on components, and cultural displays that underscore the sustenance and inspiration that humans have drawn from soils.

"We are honored to associate with the Smithsonian to assist in developing part of this significant event," says Larry Middendorf, LI-COR vice president. The exhibit will provide a tremendous resource for educating the public.

Following its 18-month display in Washington, Dig It! will begin a traveling tour that brings the soils education message to venues across the country.

The project includes a Web education component. It will be housed on the Forces of Change portal web site and will provide a virtual version of the exhibition, on-line educational materials, and access to additional resources.

Dig It! is a $4 million dollar project being funded by public and private resources. The SSSA is the founding sponsor and The Fertilizer Institute came on as the lead sponsor. To date more than 750 individuals have joined corporate, industry, and foundation sponsors in supporting the exhibit.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is the most visited natural history museum in the world. It attracts more than seven million visitors each year with almost 10 percent of those visitors coming from outside the United States. The exhibit will be part of the museum's Forces of Change Program exploring earth system science. The Forces of Change exhibit is designed to advance public understanding of how the Earth functions as a vibrant, interconnected system.

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