Ocean Oasis

A giant-screen IMAX(r) film, Ocean Oasis, features the Baja California peninsula and the Sea of Cort (c)s -- one of the world's richest and most beautiful ecosystems. The film will premiere during the winter school break on Saturday, Feb. 16 at noon at the Bristol IMAX(r) Theater at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) in downtown Syracuse's historic Armory Square.

Ocean Oasis explores the nutrient-rich cool waters inhabited by gray whales, manta rays, moray eels, sharks, and brilliantly colored corals; coastal communities of enormous elephants seals, and gulls and terns by the tens of thousands; desert conditions so dry that some animals have developed adaptations that allow them to survive without ever drinking water; and snow-covered mountains that soar nearly two miles into the sky.

The Baja California peninsula stretches 800 miles from southern-most California (in the U.S.) into and along Mexico's Pacific coast. Little more than 100 miles at its widest point, this region's variety of habitats -- ocean to coast to mountains, desert, and gulf -- has given rise to an exceptional diversity and density of animals and plants. This richness, reflected by more than 900 species of fish and marine mammals, makes the Sea of Cort (c)s one of the most significant ecosystems in the world.

Summerhays Films of San Diego County produced the film in collaboration with the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Mexican conservation organization, PRONATURA. The film has been endorsed by international conservation organizations: Conservation International, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservaci n de la Naturaleza, The Nature Conservancy, and IBOY (International Biodiversity Observation Year, an initiative of DIVERSITAS 2001-2002).

The MOST is regularly open Wednesdays through Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an extended Saturday evening IMAX(r) schedule. Also open Mondays and Tuesdays for national holidays and school break weeks. During school break weeks the MOST will open at 10 a.m. For IMAX(r) schedule and to purchase by credit card, call 473-IMAX.

Regular IMAX(r)-only tickets are now available for $9 for adults and $7 for children and seniors; they can be purchased at any time. Add exhibits for just $2 more. General exhibit hall admission costs $5 for adults and $4 for children up to age 11 and seniors ages 65+.

For more information, call 425-9068 or visit the MOST Web site, HYPERLINK most.org.

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