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Dates of visit:
October 1 - 2, 2002

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Site Highlights:
 Close to Tucson
 Research Center
 Open to public
 Guided tours
 Tour five biomes
 Learn ecosystems
 Gift shops
 Reasonably priced
 Scenic drive

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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
BIOSPHERE 2 CENTER

Biosphere 2 Center was opened to the public in 1990 as a research and learning center to explore how our environment affects our lives and how we affect our environment.

From the beginning, the goal of Biosphere 2 has been to find ways to become responsible stewards of our planet, ensuring a good quality of life for us and for future generations. On January 1, 1996, Columbia University - one of the world's leading research and education institutions - joined Biosphere 2 Center to expand and guide its programs.

Many changes have taken place. Under the direction of Columbia's renowned Earth Institute, new educational, research and public programs have been instituted. Exhibits have been developed which include the "Climate Change and Life on Earth" exhibition developed by the American Museum of Natural History and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Biosphere 2 is the world's largest glass-enclosed ecological laboratory. Inside, researchers are working to understand how increased carbon dioxide in our atmosphere - such as that produced by cars, industry and the burning of forests - will affect us and the systems we live in and depend upon.

Educators at Biosphere 2 Center - through campus courses and via the World Wide Web - are relaying information about Biosphere 2's discoveries to the public so that, together, we can decide how best to manage our planet.

BIOSPHERE 2 Facts and Figures
  • Biosphere 2 was created to better understand Biosphere I -- planet Earth
  • Biosphere 2 covers 3.15 acres
  • It is 91 feet at its highest point
  • It is sealed off from Earth below by a 500-ton welded stainless steel liner
  • A host of instruments constantly monitors the air, soil and water
  • The 25-foot ocean contains a million gallons of salt water
  • Biosphere 2 contains five biomes - a rainforest, desert, savanna, marsh and ocean. (A biome is a self-sustaining community of living organisms.)
  • The apparatus houses more than 3,000 species of living organisms
  • The Habitat is open for public tours and features many exhibits such as the Climate Change and Life on Earth exhibition.
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A Jewel in the desert
All text source extracted from site brochure, Copyright Columbia University
Visit the Biosphere 2 official web site at www.bio2.edu
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