Saturday, February 25, 2017

There’s a Miniature Earth in the Desert of Arizona with a Very Strange Story

"It may sound (and look) like something from a sci fi movie, but it’s a real place. In the middle of the desert, beneath a glass dome, are wetlands, savannah grasslands, a rainforest, fog desert and an ocean with a coral reef. Constructed between 1987 and 1991 in Oracle Arizona, Biosphere 2 remains the largest closed system in the world, and contains five biomes which include an agricultural system, a human habitat and underground infrastructure.

The 3.14-acre facility was built to test if humans could live inside a sealed ecosystem, cut off from the outside world for an extended period of time. It was intended as a prototype for future human colonies in space, but things didn’t quite go as planned…"

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Via: John Adams

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