Life in One Cubic Foot

Photo by David Liittschwager

National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, North Center, The Sant Ocean Hall Focus Gallery Floor Plan

What can we discover in just a cubic foot of Earth? As it turns out, a whole lot! Biocubes—the life in a cubic foot of soil or water over one day—capture enough variation to explore the complexity of entire ecosystems. Through this interactive exhibition, enter the small worlds of biocuces with Smithsonian researchers and other scientists as they investigate a range of marine biocubes to uncover amazingly complex relationships and important lessons for the future of our planet.