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Omnimax Show to explore the mystery of human survival

"Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance", a new Omnimax show to be screened at the Space Theatre of Hong Kong Space Museum, will lead audiences to explore the mystery of human survival by revealing the powerful connection that exists between mankind and the natural world.

Showing from tomorrow (October 1) until March 31, 2005, this science-adventure film takes audiences through a wide variety of different worlds to discover the wonders of biological diversity and its importance to all of us.

One thousand years ago, a great city known as Tikal, once the heart of the ancient Mayan civilisation was suddenly abandoned at the height of its power. What had happened there? What decided the fate of this place, and what do those distant events tell us about our own cities, our own civilisation?

In search of answers, audiences will follow the scientists into a wide variety of environments, from the remote and fantastic high plateaus of Venezuela, through the kelp forests of the Pacific, up into a world high above the streets of New York City and down into the soil of the Catskill Mountains and beyond.

In the film, a high-rise apartment in New York City becomes a demonstration ground for the power of biodiversity to deliver fresh water. In a suburb, children participate in counting the species around them, discovering even there, the richness of nature and its life-sustaining role. In Monterey Bay, a story of ecological restoration reveals the potential for humankind to remedy its excesses and help restore the balance of life. Another key location in the film is the remote region of Venezuela, which inspired the novel "Lost World" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a place untouched by humans, where the web of life is still intact and diversifies as it has since time began. Large predators, mammals, amphibians, insects and plants are closely connected. The variety of its inhabitants maintains the health of the rain forest.

In every ecosystem, there is a balance of relationship that keeps it working. Therefore, if we could imagine Tikal as it was, we might see that its expanding population had stripped away the forest for miles around, exhausted the soil, water and food with famine, warfare and collapse not far behind. On the contrary the people of New York have the foresight to preserve a critical part of their life-support system - the mountain forests and soil that clean their drinking water, demonstrating how humans find their ways of survival.

The 40-minute Omnimax show is screened at 3.50pm and 7.20pm daily at the museum's Space Theatre. Additional show will be scheduled at 12.20pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The Space Museum is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). Tickets are available at the Space Museum Box Office and at all URBTIX outlets at $24 (front stalls) and $32 (stalls), with a half-price concession for full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. For further information, call 2721 0226 or visit the Museum's website at .

Ends/Thursday, September 30, 2004
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