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Museum display will help you get into the flow

Florida's estuaries and wetlands are the focus of a new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry through Nov. 15.

Sponsored by the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Surface Water Improvement and Management Department, the display explains estuaries, freshwater wetlands and water pollution.

Estuaries are where freshwater from streams or rivers meets and mixes with saltwater. In MOSI's estuaries display, visitors can pump water through an estuary model to see the effects of canals and paving versus the benefits of natural rivers and wetlands. The display includes a life-size diorama of the wildlife that make estuaries their habitats.

The freshwater wetlands display offers a diorama of wetland wildlife. The hydrologic cycle _ the endless circulation and distribution of this planet's water _ is featured in a working model. The model uses graphics and hand-pumped water to simulate the water cycle.

Various types of wetlands and wildlife are displayed in the water pollution exhibit. A touch-the-screen computer provides a lesson about water and plays a question-and-answer tic-tac-toe game. Types of trash often found in the water are demonstrated in a small diorama.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The museum is at 4801 E Fowler Ave. Admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for Florida resident adults, and $2 for children 3 to 15 years old. Children under 3 are free.

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