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El Suelo. Un paseo por la Vida - The Soil. A walk through life

El Suelo: Un paseo por la Vida - The Soil: A walk through life

From june until september 2016

Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (IPE - CSIC)




Welcome to the world of soils! Hoping that you will never step on it in the same way...

What is soil? Is it simply a lifeless matter or something else?


ilustración Mafalda Paiva


Although the soil is right under our feet, we don´t seem to notice it or to care much about it. We only notice it when our shoes get dirty or when we plant our plants but soils are much more than that.

It is an unknown resource yet essential, since soils are the skin of the planet that supports life on Earth. It is an extremely rich ecosystem, thriving with life, continuously moving. It undertakes essential functions such as supplying food, providing fiber, building materials, or pharmaceutical compounds as well as regulates the climate and purifies water, among other important functions.

In the last 50 years, humans have changed soils rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history. This has brought an important loss of this non-renewable natural resource.

For this reason, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils. FAO, through the Global Soil Partnership, aims to transmit to society the importance of soils, making us aware of the fact that life is not possible without healthy soils.



The National Museum of Natural Science shares this concern and joins the initiative through a bilingual exhibition in Spanish and English, where soils will be introduced in a way unknown to most of the general public. A world full of color, with multiple forms and textures and full of life, with the final goal of bringing the society a bit closer to this unknown subterranean paradise while raising awareness of the importance of its conservation for the future of life on our planet.






Montaje e inauguración de la exposición

Acto inaugural

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Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y UniversidadesConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

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