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San Diego's unique topography to be revealed at the NAT

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Ocean. Desert. Mountains. Snow. Prairie.

Everything can be seen and explored within a day when one is in San Diego. But why? How did this climate become so unique? Why can cactus survive just steps away from the beach? Why does snow fall just miles from the desert?

All these answers and more will be revealed in the San Diego Natural History Museum's (theNAT) upcoming exhibit, Coast to Cactus in Southern California. Scheduled to open in January 2015, this exhibit will invite museum visitors to discover the unique environments and habitats that exist in San Diego county. Through the use of specimens, exhibits, detailed descriptions and interactive activities, Coast to Cactus will describe to visitors the importance and meaning of a biodiversity hotspot, as southern California is.

It may seem like months away, but this exhibition is sure to please. As stated on theNAT's website, "Coast to Cactus in Southern California is an innovative, 8,000-square-foot permanent exhibition that has been years—even decades—in the making." With all the planning involved, it is definitely one not to be missed. Keep up-to-date with the progress here.

For further information about theNAT as well as other Balboa Park museum's, check out the park's all-inclusive website.



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