2006-08-20 - Road Trip - Day 29 - United States - Arizona - Biosphere 2_7.jpg
Originally uploaded by Colin Gregory Palmer.
Anyway, Wired has an interesting interview with a person who lived in Biosphere 2 for two years...
Jane Poynter entered the world's first hermetically sealed, manufactured ecological system in 1991 with seven other people.Hmmm... two years locked in a 3 acre facility with 7 other people... Sounds like boarding school... ;-)
Biosphere 2 -- the 3.15-acre, almost-airtight outpost in the Arizona desert that was to be their home for two years -- proved impressively stable, although low oxygen levels and disappointing crop yields made survival a daily challenge. Eventually, pure oxygen had to be added to the system, and the team had to supplement its diet with food from an emergency stockpile stored before closure.
Throughout their stay, short tempers, depression and even the specter of insanity kept life interesting for the "biospherians." In her new book, The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2, Poynter gives an insider's view of the famous experiment. She spoke with Wired News about cult rumors, Biosphere 2's unique usefulness to climatologists and her time inside the bubble.
You can visit Biosphere 2 on the web at http://www.bio2.com/ or in Arizona some 20 minutes north of Tucson.
Now, where else can I travel on Al Gore's highway this afternoon?
Please note, the photo posted here is by Colin Gregory Palmer.