Yilan was the earliest-emerged swath in Taiwan following the tectonic rifts and collision; the central Range and the Hsuehshan Range were the result of plate tectonics. The Yilan Plain was created when the Lanyang River burst forward from the divergent opening of the Xueshan Range and Central Mountain Range, carrying a large amount of silt with it. Located in the west of the divergent Okinawa Trough, the Yilan Plain continues to grow in width and depth to this day. As a result, Yilan boasts diverse and unique geologic characteristics, including the geologic landscapes on the plain as well as the underground lithology and geologic structures. The geologic wonder of Yilan awaits everyone’s discovery.
The exhibition is co-organized by the Lanyang Museum and the Central Geological Survey, Ministry of Economic Affairs. It blends popular science with geologic education, using Yilan’s culture and history as the backbone of its chronological timeline. The geologic evolution of Yilan is presented along with the region’s geographic features, such as its mountains, the plain, and the ocean. Descriptions of the “Eight Geo-scapes of Yilan” from the Qing Dynasty Kavalan Gazetteer are also incorporated to enrich the content. In highlighting the human living experience defined by the natural surroundings, this exhibition paints a diverse and vivid picture of Yilan’s geo-scapes. The exhibition concludes with a reference to the current environmental crises and a vision for the future.
The themes of the exhibition are “The Birth of Yilan”, “The Green Hills of Yilan”, “The Water-scapes of Yilan”, “Stories from the Yilan Coast”, and “Living with Crisis in the Future”. We wish to bring visitors on a journey as they deepen their understanding of the natural surroundings, become inspired to protect the environment, and work collectively toward a more sustainable future.