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Extreme water at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008
© Philippe Lemaire

This will undoubtedly become one of the main attractions of this exhibition. Few people would want to experience a tidal wave, a hurricane and even feel a cold drop of the Mediterranean Sea. These ecological disasters are grouped around this theme zone, which from the outside gives the effect of a giant wave by means of perforated capsules. This area houses a large audiovisual room. Visitors will not only see and hear impressive waves, the force of the wind or the intensity of showers, but will also get wet. The project team, supervised by university geography professor Javier Martin, aims to bring together science and sensations to send a message of prevention to the public. The ephemeral installation is 22 metres high and has a diameter of 36 metres. The journey begins with the theme of new technologies used to explain the many current meteorological phenomena on the planet, the progress of Professor Martin's forecasts and examples of good land management and planning. The main attraction is the auditorium, which, like an Imax cinema, moves and captivates 150 visitors for seven minutes, making them feel the natural phenomena through images, sounds, special effects and water. Quite an experience.