Water Planet

Explore how water – one of our most vital resources – shapes our planet, from plants and landscape to animals and people.  Uncover the strategies that people use to store and conserve water -- and predictions for the future of Earth's most precious resource.

  • Calculate how much water is needed to make things we consume every day – a can of soda or a pair of jeans. 
  • How does a lack of water affect the bodies and adaptations of animals living in dry climates?
  • How do tiny shoreline animals withstand the force of pounding ocean waves?
  • Explore how animals move through water and pull food from the water.
  • Learn how water shapes rock, what causes sand to look different on beaches around the world. What causes fossil prints of plants to form under water?

Nearby, check out the Tidepool Spin Browser™ -- a new way to "see under the sea" using video technology pioneered right here at the EcoTarium. Watch how the animals of New England's shorelines interact, how they move and what crabs, sea stars, mussels and other tidepool creatures do in a typical day. Speed up (or slow down) time lapse underwater video footage with a spin of the dial and watch 24 hours unfold. You can even make a crab walk backwards by reversing time!