Excavation is Moving Fast
Excavation is moving at a fast rate on the south side of the Museum in preparation for the new wing. More than 60,000 cubic yards of dirt are being removed and relocated to six different sites around the city to be used for other projects.
Geologist Jeff Pigati of the U.S. Geological Service (pictured above) has been taking soil samples from the site to add to our understanding of the area's Pleistocene (Ice Age) sediments. Apparently the sand in the hole is different from what has been mapped in other local Pleistocene sediments. Pigati is recording the sand's characteristics to add to the existing cache of sediment descriptions. It already appears that there are sedimentary forms showing the sand was laid down by streams.
The new wing will add five levels of discovery to the Museum. This may seem impossible to imagine right now in the construction process, but a new online virtual tour will help you see what's in store for each level of the new wing.