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Life under Glass: The inside Story of Biosphere 2
     

Life under Glass: The inside Story of Biosphere 2

by Mark Nelson, Abigail Alling, Sally Silverstone
 
Planet in a bottle. Eden revisited. Laboratory under glass. The largest self-sustaining closed ecological system ever made. Biosphere 2 is many things to many people. From its half-acre farm to its coral reef to its emerald rainforest-this unique research facilty has proven itself a marvel of human engineering and a testament to the human imagination.

For two years,

Overview

Planet in a bottle. Eden revisited. Laboratory under glass. The largest self-sustaining closed ecological system ever made. Biosphere 2 is many things to many people. From its half-acre farm to its coral reef to its emerald rainforest-this unique research facilty has proven itself a marvel of human engineering and a testament to the human imagination.

For two years, four men and four women lived and worked inside the structure, recycling their air, water, food, and wastes, and setting a world record for living in an isolated environment. But what has this giant glass-and-steel greenhouse been to those most intimately involved with it? What has it meant to the first crew who studied and cared for it? What was it really like sealed inside a giant laboratory for twenty-four months? In Life Under Glass crew members, Abigail Alling and Mark Nelson with co-captain Sally Silverstone present the full account of those two remarkable years. From the struggles of growing their own food, to learning how to help sustain their life-giving atmosphere, the general reader is offered a rare glimpse into how a group of dedicated researchers managed to surprise the world and fulfill their dream.

Other crews may come and go, but no one else will face the risks, the uncertainties, and the challenges that this new breed of explorers did on Biosphere 2's maiden voyage. Here is the fascinating story of how it all appeared-living under glass.

Selected as one of the top ten science experiments in 1993 by Time Magazine and Good Morning America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882428076
Publisher:
Synergetic Press
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mark Nelson was a founding director of the Institute of Ecotechnics and has worked for several decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration of damaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchardry and wastewater recycling. He is Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Ecotechnics (www.ecotechnics.edu), a U.K. non-profit organization, which consults to several demonstration projects working in challenging biomes around the world.

For the past 23 years, Ms. Alling has actively engaged in marine, environmental and closed system research and development projects. Presently, she is co-founder and CEO of Biosphere Foundation and its division, the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF), a non-profit corporation dedicated to the study of Earth's coral reef ecosystems. PCRF maintains a research base in Akumal, Mexico and a research ship, the RV Heraclitus, which is now on its second mission to study coral reefs worldwide, a decade long, (2000 - 2010) "Planetary Coral Reefs and Cultures Expedition.”

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