Biosphere 2: Research Past and Present (Ecological Engineering Special Issue, Volume 13, Numbers 1-4)

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9780080432083: Biosphere 2: Research Past and Present (Ecological Engineering Special Issue, Volume 13, Numbers 1-4)

Hardbound. Biosphere 2, the fascinating 1.25-ha and up to 190 000 m3 atmosphere glass-enclosed mesocosm in the Arizona desert, explores the bounds and frontiers of the new field of ecological engineering. This project set out to construct ecosystems or biomes, not monocultures, in a heavily subsidized environment, save for the sun, 50% of which did penetrate the glass, and the soil that was trucked in. Pumps were needed for the hydrologic cycle, blowers for atmospheric movement, and even a 165 000 m3 'lung' to relieve the pressure that builds up in the glass enclosed system. More than 10 MW of electrical power generating capacity stands nearby. Ecosystems did flourish in the various biomes, never turning out exactly as they had been planned, but always giving information that provides insight on their true analogs in nature. CO2 concentrations soared and O2 concentrations dipped during those first years, show

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This text presents a collection of papers reporting research results from the different biomes in Biosphere 2 and represents an opportunity for ecologists from all backgrounds to learn about research progress, past and present at the Biosphere Centre.

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B.D.V. Marino, H.T. Odum
Published by Elsevier Science (1999)
ISBN 10: 0080432085 ISBN 13: 9780080432083
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