Ray And Kathy's Winter trip travel blog






















































We visited the Biosphere 2 this morning. The Biosphere2 is operated by the University of Arizona. The Biosphere2 captured world attention in 1991 when 8 researchers were sealed in the Biosphere for a planned two year experiment to demonstrate the feasibility of operating a closed system. The experiment fell short of the goal when an unexpected loss of oxygen to the biomass in the sphere necessitated the unsealing of the environment. There was an additional problem of insufficient caloric intake and difficulties in the social environment required a premature ending of the study. The Second trial lasted only 6 months before it was decided to end the program. This facility was sponsored in a large part by the philanthropic actions of Edward P Bass. The properties were sold to a private development company that has leased back the Biosphere structures to the University of Arizona. The mission of the Biosphere 2 is To serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe. By the way we live on Biosphere 1, I had to ask. The program is currently conducting a variety of experiments in climate study.


In the afternoon we went to the Tohono Chul Park another outstanding botanical garden operated by a private non-profit organization. Richard and Jean Wilson acquired the 37 acre of land and donated helped found the private non-profit organization in 1985. The organization has a wonderful collection of plants and has worked hard in establishing a premier botanical garden. Tohono Chul Park won Best Park / Garden in Tucson Guideā€™s Best Of for 2009.


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