Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Can't Get Enough of that Biosphere 2!

We really enjoyed our tour.  Here are some other things we saw, and some suggestions for further reading.

Rock Sculptures at Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ.  Image ©2018 Tina Quinn Durham.

A beautiful desert vista at Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ.  Image ©2018 Tina Quinn Durham.
In addition to water harvesting and other earth-friendly features, there were bee condos, and instructions on how to make your own to provide homes for solitary bees - which are important pollinators in our desert environment.

Bee Condo. Image ©2018 Tina Quinn Durham.

One last photo of something near and dear to my heart: aquaponics.  We have two tanks in our home in preparation for a full-scale greenhouse, which I hope to get around to finishing someday.  Aquaponics uses fish poop to fertilize plants, and is a very efficient way to produce vegetables, herbs, and protein in the desert.

Aquaponics, Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ.  Image ©2018 Tina Quinn Durham.

More About Biosphere 2

"Fast Facts:  Biosphere 2 by the Numbers" - description of Biosphere 2 from the University of Arizona/Biosphere 2.

Dempster, William F. “Biosphere 2 Engineering Design.” Ecological Engineering, vol. 13, no. 1-4, 1999, pp. 31–42., doi:10.1016/s0925-8574(98)00090-1.
         This article is quite technical, but a great geek read nonetheless.

Didn't get enough homework at school?   Check out this problem from Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics by Kevin D. Dahm and Donald P. Visco (Independence, KY: CENGAGE Learning, 2014.)

Want to read some poetry about Biosphere? 
Deming, Alison Hawthorne et al. “Poetic Field Research at Biosphere 2 Archives • A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.” A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments,, 4 Sept. 2014,