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254 p., 8 leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
  • The adventure begins
  • A day in the life
  • Monitoring the environment
  • Growing your own
  • Hunger and resourcefulness
  • The doctor is in
  • The wild side
  • The technosphere
  • Animal tales
  • The three-acre test tube
  • Business through the electrons
  • After hours
  • The adventure never ends.
Green Library
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1 online resource.
Mark Nelson, one of the eight crew members locked in Biosphere 2 during its first closure experiment, offers a compelling insider's view of the dramatic story behind the mini-world. Nelson clears up common misconceptions about the 1991-1993 closure experiment as he presents the goals and results of the experiment and the implications of the project for today's global environmental challenges and for reconnecting people to a healthy relationship with nature.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780816537327 20180306
Book
1 online resource (329 pages) : illustrations, photographs
Mark Nelson, one of the eight crew members locked in Biosphere 2 during its first closure experiment, offers a compelling insider's view of the dramatic story behind the mini-world. Nelson clears up common misconceptions about the 1991-1993 closure experiment as he presents the goals and results of the experiment and the implications of the project for today's global environmental challenges and for reconnecting people to a healthy relationship with nature.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780816537327 20180521
Book
xiii, 310 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
'Biosphere 2' rises from southern Arizona's high desert like a bizarre hybrid spaceship and greenhouse. Packed with more than 3,800 carefully selected plant, animal, and insect species, this mega-terrarium is one of the world's most biodiverse, lush, and artificial wildernesses. Only recently transformed from an abandoned ghost dome to a University of Arizona research center, the site was the setting of a grand drama about humans and ecology at the end of the twentieth century. The seeds of Biosphere 2 sprouted in the 1970s at Synergia, a desert ranch in New Mexico where John Allen and a handful of dreamers united to create a self-reliant utopia centered on ecological work, study, and their traveling experimental theater troupe, 'The Theater of All Possibilities'. At a time of growing tensions in the American environmental consciousness, the Synergians took on varied projects around the world that sought to mend the rift between humans and nature. In 1984, they bought a piece of desert to build Biosphere 2. Eco-enthusiasts competed to become the eight 'biospherians' who would lock themselves inside the giant greenhouse world for two years to live in harmony with their wilderness, grow their own food, and recycle all their air, water, and wastes. Thin and short on oxygen, the biospherians stoically completed their survival mission, but the communal spirit surrounding Biosphere 2 eventually dissolved into conflict - ultimately the facility would be seized by armed U.S. Marshals. Yet for all the story's strangeness, perhaps strangest of all was how normal Biosphere 2 actually was. The story of this grand eco-utopian adventure (and misadventure) becomes a parable about the relationship between humans and nature in postmodern America.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826346735 20160605
Green Library
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358 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
  • Biosphere 2 - introduction and research progress-- Biospherics and Biosphere 2, Mission One (1991-1993)-- Biosphere 2 - engineering design-- construction and engineering of a created environment -overview of the Biosphere 2 closed system-- tropical rainforest biome and Biosphere 2 - structure-- composition and results of the first two years of operations-- characteristics of soils in the tropical rainforest biome and Biosphere 2 after three years-- simulations of community metabolism and atmospheric carbon dioxide and oxygen concentrations in Biosphere 2-- litterfall and decomposition rates in Biosphere 2 terrestrial biomes-- the Biosphere 2 coral reef biome-- mangrove ecosystem development in Biosphere 2-- soil in the agricultural area of Biosphere 2 (1991-1993)-- bioregenerative recycling of wastewater in Biosphere 2 using a constructed wetland -two year result-- the agricultural biome of Biosphere 2 - structure, composition and function-- the diel carbon cycle of the Biosphere 2 ocean-- high quality-- continuous measurements of CO2 in Biosphere 2 to assess whole mesocosm carbon cycling-- ecosystem-level evapotranspiration and water-use efficiency in the desert biome of Biosphere 2-- growing wheat in Biosphere 2 under elevated CO2 -observations and modelling-- dynamics of the global water cycle of Biosphere 2-- simulation of the water cycle in Biosphere 2-- the Biosphere 2 canopy access system-- multispectral imaging of vegetation at Biosphere 2-- simulation of heat and humidity budgets of Biosphere 2 without its air conditioning.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780080432083 20160528
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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780080432083 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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156 p. : ill., ports. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Green Library
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vi, 110 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Green Library
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viii, 368 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
It's a story that has never been told until now. Imagine being sealed into a closed environment for two years cut off from the outside world with only seven other people enduring never-ending hunger, severely low levels of oxygen, and extremely difficult relationships. Crew members struggled to survive in Biosphere 2, where they swore nothing would go in or out no food or water, not even air all in the name of science. For the first time, biospherian Jane Poynter who lived and loved in the Biosphere is ready to share what really happened in there. She takes readers on a riveting, fast-paced trip through shattered lives, scientific discovery, cults, love, fears of insanity, and inspiring human endurance. The eight biospherians who closed themselves into the Biosphere emerged 730 days later much wiser, thinner, and having done what many had said was impossible.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781560257752 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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vii, 308 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Green Library
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xi, 75 pages : color illustrations ; 28 x 33 cm
  • Introduction : terraria gigantica, the world under glass 2007-2011 / William L. Fox
  • Color plates
  • World under glass : Dana Fritz and the photography of terraria / Carrie Robbins
  • Epilogue / Rebecca Reider.
In a new approach to environmental photography, Dana Fritz explores the world's largest enclosed landscapes: Arizona's Biosphere 2, Cornwall's Eden Project, and Nebraska's Lied Jungle and Desert Dome at the Henry Doorly Zoo. In these vivaria, plants are grown amid carefully constructed representations of the natural world to entertain and educate tourists while also supporting scientific research. Together, these architectural and engineering marvels stand as working symbols of our complex relationship with the environment.Giant terraria require human control of temperature, humidity, irrigation, insects, weeds, and other conditions to create otherwise impossible ecosystems. While technical demands inform the design of these spaces, the juxtapositions of natural and artificial elements generate striking visual paradoxes that can go unnoticed. Here Fritz turns away from visitors' prepared sight lines, revealing alternate views that dispel the illusion of natural conditions. Inviting questions about what it means to create and contain landscapes, Terraria Gigantica inspires contemplation of our ecological future.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826358738 20180416
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)

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