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Twenty-seven miles beyond the Golden Gate, the craggy Farallon Islands have been home to fur-seal hunters from Russia, a gold-rush-era egg business, and even a nuclear waste dump. Today they’re home to 250,000 sea birds, not to mention seals, sea lions, whales, and sharks. What makes these stark-looking islands so attractive to wildlife?

00:05:26
The ground under our San Franciscan feet is constantly on the move. Join Exploratorium educator Ken Finn as we visit some spots around town where exposed rocks reveal the tale of an active earth.

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If you sink it, they will come. That’s what Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck learned when she decided to experiment by submerging PVC plates under the piers at Marina Harbor. In this program, you'll meet the bizarre aquatic life forms that inhabit our Bay.

San Francisco's meteorological landscape is as unique as its social landscape. Tune in as we investigate why our city has many microclimates.

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This After Dark event explored the diverse nomadic communities that thrive in the Bay Area including a mobile diner, food carts, an annual arts event in the desert, urban foragers, and Bay creatures that arrived by ballast water.

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The Wave Organ is a wave-activated sound sculpture located at the end of a jetty in the San Francisco Bay. It was created by artist Peter Richards and master stonemason George Gonzalez in 1986.

The installation is an unlikely sight: a collection of curbstones and cemetery stones that appear in the Bay like an ancient ruin or a strange dream. In this unusual place of discovery and contemplation, the musical phenomenon is only part of the point.

In this audio slideshow, Peter Richards, now a senior artist at the Exploratorium, shares his inspiration for creating this piece and explores its function as a theater in which many different kinds of human experiences unfold.


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Annette Young Smith, along with her neighbors, transformed a littered patch of grass and weeds on a median strip in San Francisco's Bayview District into a lush neighborhood garden full of decorative and edible plants.

00:25:19
Meet marine biologist George Matsumoto from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and learn about the floating ecosytems that thrive around icebergs in Antarctic waters.

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Greenland, icebergs in the Disko Bay near Ilulissat; shot from the vessel Katak, under the midnight sun.

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Shots of huge icebergs in the Disko Bay, including one with an ice cave.