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Temporary Exhibitions


World Soil Day is celebrated annually on 5 December.

This day was chosen because it was the official birthday of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, who was one of the main proponents of this initiative. The day is celebrated to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.

The theme for 2021 was: Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity

The soil is an ecosystem in which millions of living creatures live and interact. There can be more creatures in a handful of good quality soil than there are people on the entire planet earth.  Soil health is defined as a soil’s ability to function and sustain plants, animals and humans as part of the ecosystem. Healthy soils gives us clean air, water, bountiful crops and forests, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes. In this exhibition we look at all the aspects of soil. 

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