National Geographic’s Pacific Ocean Giant Map will be at Seward Community Library & Museum this Saturday, May 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This giant map is the size of a racquetball court and introduces the marvels of the Pacific Ocean. This free family event is open to the public. Visit anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Special thanks to the Anchorage Museum for bringing this experience to Seward.
The brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface of the map allows students to explore some of the unexpected geography at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean: from the deepest place on earth, the Mariana Trench, to the world’s tallest mountain, Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, which has its base on the ocean floor. Most of all, students will experience the Pacific as a living entity, with active volcanoes giving birth to new islands, deep sea vents supporting new life forms, phytoplankton blooms providing over half of the planet’s fresh air, and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure in the world.