Biosphere 1 is our planet Earth. Biosphere 2 is a 3-acre living science lab just north of Tucson that "was the largest 'closed system' ever built, and it still is to this day." It was home to the five following habitats:
- Ocean with coral reef
- Mangrove wetlands
- Tropical rainforest
- Savannah grassland
- Fog desert
From 1991-1993 is was used as an experiment with 8 scientists living inside the entirely sealed enclosure for two years who were supposed to grow their own food and survive with experimentally high levels of Carbon Dioxide in the air. Things went terribly wrong and the experiment is now considered a failure.
However, the University of Arizona bought the Biosphere 2 in 2011 and since then over 150 scientific papers have been written about and using the controlled conditions in the Biosphere 2. In 2006, The New Yorker reported “much of what is known about coral reefs and ocean acidification was originally discovered, improbably enough in Arizona, in the self-enclosed, supposedly self-sufficient world known as Biosphere 2.”
Here is an article and video about the now famous Biosphere 2: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/booming/biosphere-2-good-science-or-bad-sense.html?hp&_r=0
On Sat. February 4 you can see the famous living lab for yourself. Tickets and transportation are only $20. Meet in front of CESL at 9:30am. Space is limited, so register soon.
*UNAM students do NOT need to register for this event, as you have all already been registered in advance. Please speak to Manuel if you have any questions.
**UPDATE: this activity is now SOLD OUT. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check out the other exciting activities we have planned and remember to register early.