Explore the region’s mountains, faults, lakes, caves and fossils at the SB County Museum
Did you know that the Mojave wasn’t always a desert? Until the San Andreas Fault uplifted the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains, our now arid region was once a lush landscape filled with rivers, streams and lakes that nourished a rich diversity of plants and animals, many of which are now extinct. Such information is just one of the many things to be learned at the new “Sculpted by Time: Our Mountains, Faults, Lakes and Caves” exhibit opening Aug. 26 in the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum’s Hall of Earth Sciences.
“The displays in ‘Sculpted by Time’ encourage visitors to explore our region’s geologic past,” said Ian Gilbert, the museum’s curator of earth sciences. “This is truly an interactive learning experience. All senses will be engaged: there are things to see, things to hear, things to touch, even things to smell! The displays are full of exciting discoveries – finds that excited us when they were first unearthed will continue to excite visitors as they rediscover them in the museum.”
Some of the items on display in the new exhibit include fossils unearthed in the Cajon Pass of an ancient dolphin and a huge marine reptile, called an elasmosaur. A giant Ice Age ground sloth, whose fossils were found in a cave in the Mojave Desert, stands guard over the exhibit floor. These fossils validate that our now mountainous region was covered by ocean waters for millions of years.
SBC Board of Supervisors Chair Robert Lovingood said, “This new exhibit, in development for several years, is an example of the exciting work being done at the museum to educate our citizens about the county’s extraordinary history.” “Sculpted by Time” was funded by the County of San Bernardino with support from the estate of Billie Vaughn.
The SBC Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military or seniors, $7 for student, and children aged 5 to 12 are $5. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free as is parking. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum or call 909-798-8608.