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Samurai Armor

Suit of Armor, Japan, Asia
Early 18th Century
CIS 5475

Water Is Like Nothing Else - The Water Cycle

Earth's water is always in movement, and the natural water cycle, also known as the hydrologic cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth. Water is always changing states between liquid, vapor, and ice, with these processes happening in the blink of an eye and over millions of years.


The Water Cycle - Kidzone

Water Is Like Nothing Else - Geography

Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario, form the Great Lakes, straddling the United States and Canada to make up the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. Collectively they contain 5,439 cubic miles of water (22,670 cubic km), or about 20% of all the earth’s fresh water, and cover an area of 94,250 square miles (244,106 square km).

Water Is Like Nothing Else

Water Is Like Nothing ElseDive in to explore water and why it is so important to life. The interactive Our Great Lakes Watershed exhibit examines how precious the world's freshwater supply is and what we as individuals can do to help protect it.

Every Rock Has A Story - Pele's Hair

Pele’s hair is natural volcanic fiberglass formed by wind blowing through hot fountains of lava – stretching it into thin strands of yellow glass up to 2m in length. It is commonly found down wind of active vents. Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes.

Every Rock Has A Story - Watersmeet Gneiss

Gneiss is a high grade metamorphic formed by the deep burial and heating of its pre-existing parent rock. This specimen of the Watersmeet Gneiss is from bedrock exposures north of the town of Watersmeet in the western UP of Michigan. It contains zircon crystals dated at 3.65 by, making it Michigan’s oldest rock and one of the oldest in the USA. Zircon crystals retain their original composition at very high temperatures thus allowing for dating of Earth’s old metamorphic rocks.

The Story of Us

The Story of UsCranbrook Institute of Science unveiled its largest new installation in more than a decade when the high-tech Hall of Global Cultures and exhibit entitled The Story of Us opened to the public October 17, 2009.

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