19-10-2017 07:44 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Aquarium offers entertainment and education
The world’s largest aquarium, Aquatis is all set to open near Geneva in Switzerland. It will accommodate close to 10,000 fish and reptile species in its 50 individual aquariums, vivariums and terrariums.
The animals can be observed in an interactive and immersive environment due to the implementation of innovative technological features. The aquatic fauna and flora of five continents will be presented on two floors.
On the first floor, the visitors will be taken along the Rhone river, from its glacial origins to its Mediterranean delta. The second floor takes one to a trip to the other continents, from the large African lakes with their crocodiles and colorful fish to the Amazon, where arapaimas and piranhas abound, or the Mississippi with its alligator gars.
The voyage also leads through the Asian mangroves and rice-and-fish cultures, all the way to Oceania and the Australian Pioneer River which flows into the Great Barrier Reef.
Aquatis will also house a museum offering entertainment and encounters between the general public and the world of science.It will also educate the visitors about environmental and water-related issues. The building itself has been constructed with particular care in order to function in a most efficient way: rain waters are collected, and the heating and cooling systems are sustainably sourced.
The facade of the aquarium is very interesting. It is covered with 100,000 aluminium discs which reflect the color of the sky. With a bit of imagination, one can see them as dancing waves or even fish scales.