Chief Seattle Thelma Dewitty Thomas Foley Carrie Chapman Catt Anna Louise Strong Mark Tobey Helene Madison Home
Search Encyclopedia
Advanced Search
Featured Essay
Home About Us Contact Us Education Bookstore Tourism Advanced Search
7100 essays now available      
Donation system not supported by Safari     Donate Subscribe


Cyberpedias Cyberpedias
Timeline Essays Timeline Essays
People's Histories People's Histories

Selected Collections
Cities & Towns Cities & Towns
County Thumbnails Counties
Biographies Biographies
Interactive Cybertours Interactive Cybertours
Slide Shows Slideshows
Public Ports Public Ports
Audio & Video Audio & Video

Research Shortcuts

Map Searches
Alphabetical Search
Timeline Date Search
Topic Search


Book of the Fortnight
Audio/Video Enhanced
History Bookshelf
Klondike Gold Rush Database
Duvall Newspaper Index
Wellington Scrapbook

More History

Washington FAQs
Washington Milestones
Honor Rolls
Columbia Basin
Walla Walla
Roads & Rails

Timeline Library

< Browse to Previous Essay | Browse to Next Essay >

Seattle Aquarium's State of the Sound exhibit opens on August 13, 1986. Essay 2196 : Printer-Friendly Format

On August 13, 1986, a $180,000 exhibit on the State of the Sound opens officially at the Seattle Aquarium. The aquarium believes the exhibit, which explores the health of Puget Sound, is the first in the nation to focus on the local environment.

The exhibit, funded by city, state, federal, regional, and private organizations, features stations where visitors can take water samples and lower traps into the water to catch marine life that lurks beneath Seattle's piers. Visitors can check Puget Sound's temperature, salt content, and tide level. Using a white marker known as a secchi disc, they can determine the water's cloudiness, a factor that changes with storms and the tide.

A device is periodically lowered to capture samples of bottom sediment. In addition to clay and sand, the device frequently captures decades-old bottles and rusty cable, which ties into the message of how humans interact with the Sound. An exhibit called The Delicate Balance features weights hanging on both sides of a see-saw. Young visitors attempt to strike a balance between things humans want from the Sound, such as boating, fishing, and swimming, and the natural qualities the Sound needs to stay healthy.

Hill Williams, "Aquarium Exhibit Gives Feel for Marine Health," The Seattle Times, August 14, 1986, p. C-1.

Travel through time (chronological order):
< Browse to Previous Essay | Browse to Next Essay >

Related Topics: Education | Maritime | Environment |

Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact the source noted in the image credit.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

Major Support for Provided By: The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry | 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle | City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private Sponsors and Visitors Like You

This essay made possible by:
Seattle Aquarium Society (SEAS)

The Seattle Aquarium opened on downtown Piers 59, 60 and 61 on May 20, 1977, after a nine year battle over its location
Courtesy SEAS

Home About Us Contact Us Education Bookstore Tourism Advanced Search is the first online encyclopedia of local and state history created expressly for the Internet. (SM) is a free public and educational resource produced by History Ink, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation.
Contact us by phone at 206.447.8140, by mail at Historylink, 1411 4th Ave. Suite 803, Seattle WA 98101 or email