Travel Arizona: Biosphere 2
|Young students study in a lab designed for just this purpose.|
Biosphere 1 is our planet of course. Inside the Biosphere 2 some of the most common features of the Biosphere 1 are recreated. We were guided through a rainforest, past an ocean into a savannah and desert. We saw the interior mechanical parts that help run the recreation of earth and were allowed to see the place where the original Biospherians lived sealed in the structure for 3 years in the mid-eighties.
A young child walking behind me was in wonder and told their father what fun it would be to be a "real" scientist and be able to go way into the forest or nearer the ocean and be able to see all of the things behind those closed doors. I could just feel how that might be.
I love that place.
|Researchers were working in the "rainforest"|
|Cactus in bloom in the "ocean" desert.|
|The "lungs" of the Biosphere II looks very like a spaceship.|
This apparatus controlled the air pressure inside the Biosphere
|The panorama of the location shows the Catalina Mountains and the desert.|
|The interior reveals a miracle structure.|