Ice Ages


Mammoth exhibit at the Royal BC Museum, Victoria Canada (left) | Prehistoric skeleton of a Mammoth (right)

Ice Ages

Ten thousand years ago...Mammoth

Michigan and much of the Great Lakes region was located on the front lines of a battleground between shifting paleoclimate, advancing and retreating continental-sized sheets of ice, and roaming bands of humans and other large mammals. This period of time represents the last ice age; the results of which we see every day in our modern topography. What pieces of evidence were left behind? How do geoscientists determine atmospheric temperature when there were no humans around to record it? These questions form the basis behind our Ice Age Exhibit.

Interactive displays will be located in the lobby of Rood Hall. Visitors will be able to explore three aspects of the last glacial maximum.

  • Three-dimensional wall and ground display highlighting the evolution of the elephants (Family Elephantidae), specifically focusing on how this group changed its morphology over the past 36 million years to adapt to changing paleoclimate.
  • Replica display of an Antarctic ice core, and interactive computer station that will demonstrate how paleoclimatologists use trapped gas within the ice to discover evidence of changing atmospheric temperatures in Earth’s past.
  • Large replica of a glacier where visitors can walk through and observe a series of displays which highlight formation of specific glacial features, all of which have helped to shape our modern topography.


We anticipate a total budget of $30,000 to complete the design, construction, and maintenance phases of this project.


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