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Biosphere 2

While in Arizona last month, we decided to take a trip to Tucson. (Does anyone else want to say this as Tuck-son?) On our way there we stopped at Biosphere 2.

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Biosphere 2 is an intriguing place. It was originally built as a closed ecosystem to see if it was possible to sustain life for 2 years in a closed environment.

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After the completion of the first few years of experiments it became too costly to continue as a closed system, so the biosphere was opened to the public and the outside world again.

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The result is an interesting mix of science and life.

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The biosphere contains small ecosystems that mimic tropical rainforest, tropical savannah, the ocean, and the desert.

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There are ongoing studies into the changes created by global warming, as well as plant, insect, and animal experiments.

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It was a neat experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering a trip.

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I will warn you though, if you get this guy (his name is Jake) as a guide, he is a prodigious speaker. Our 75 minute tour was a 115 minute tour. Yes, prodigious.

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