Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Falling into the Internet

One of the great things about the Internet is coming across interesting tidbits... of course, that's the curse, too, particularly for those of us who are easily distracted...

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.

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.
Hmmm... two years locked in a 3 acre facility with 7 other people... Sounds like boarding school... ;-)

You can visit Biosphere 2 on the web at 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.

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