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Me and the biospheres : a memoir by the inventor of Biosphere 2

Author: John Allen
Publisher: Santa Fe, N.M. : Synergetic Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Anyone suffering from the global warming blues will cherish this uplifting account of the most ambitious environmental experiment ever undertaken. Biosphere 2, a world under glass, covered three acres of Arizona desert. Contained within a magnificently designed air-tight, sealed glass and steel framed architectural setting were models of seven biomes: an ocean with coral reef, marsh, rainforest, savannah, desert,  Read more...
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Named Person: John Allen; John Allen
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Allen
ISBN: 9780907791379 0907791379
OCLC Number: 190843418
Awards: Winner of Benjamin Franklin Award (Autobiography/Memoir) 2010
Winner of New Mexico Book Awards (Biography) 2009
Description: vii, 308 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: A caravan of dreams --
Building biosphere --
Launching biosphere --
A thing of beauty is a joy forever --
A sweet blue grape.
Responsibility: John Allen.
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Anyone suffering from the global warming blues will cherish this uplifting account of the most ambitious environmental experiment ever undertaken. Biosphere 2, a world under glass, covered three acres of Arizona desert. Contained within a magnificently designed air-tight, sealed glass and steel framed architectural setting were models of seven biomes: an ocean with coral reef, marsh, rainforest, savannah, desert, farm and a micro-city. Eight people lived inside this structure for two years (1991-1993) setting world records in human life support, monitoring their impact on the environment, while providing crucial data for future manned missions into outer space. John Allen prepared for the manifestation of Biosphere 2 by assembling many smaller projects: the creation of a ferro-cement hulled ship to study ocean and river ecologies and cultures; the development of a rainforest enrichment project, a theater group, world-class art gallery and more. As awe inspiring as the great cathedrals, Biosphere 2's building and operation demanded the efforts of the most diverse team of scientists, engineers, artists and thinkers from around the world with whom John Allen worked closely for decades.

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