Ponce de Leon, Hernando de Soto, and Panfilo de Narvaez explored the Florida peninsula during the first half of the s. They brought seeds for oranges, lemons, and other tropical fruits but were too busy searching for gold to care for them.
Dempster, director of system engineering, and Norberto Alvarez-Romo, vice president of mission control. Location[ edit ] Biosphere 2 sits on a sprawling acre hectare science campus that is open to the public Exterior showing parts of the rainforest biome and of the habitat, with the West lung in the background.
The glass and spaceframe facility is located in Oracle, Arizona at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountainsabout 50 minutes north of Tucson.
The fog desert section of Biosphere in The tropical rainforest biome in February, The above-ground physical structure of Biosphere 2 was made of steel tubing and high-performance glass and steel frames.
The frame and glazing materials were designed and made to specification by a firm run by a one-time associate of Buckminster FullerPeter Jon Pearce Pearce Structures, Inc. To avoid having to deal with the huge forces that maintaining a constant volume would create, the structure had large diaphragms kept in domes called "lungs" or variable volume structures.
Though cooling was the largest energy need, heating had to be supplied in the winter and closed loop pipes and air handlers were key parts of the energy system. An energy center on site provided electricity and heated and cooled water, employing natural gas and backup generators, ammonia chillers and water cooling towers.
Especially during the first year the eight inhabitants reported continual hunger. They showed the same improvement in health indices such as lowering of blood cholesterol, blood pressure, enhancement of immune system. The fog desert area became more chaparral in character due to condensation from the space frame.
The savannah was seasonally active; its biomass was cut and stored by the crew as part of their management of carbon dioxide. Rainforest pioneer species grew rapidly, but trees there and in the savannah suffered from etiolation and weakness caused by lack of stress woodnormally created in response to winds in natural conditions.
Corals reproduced in the ocean area, and crew helped maintain ocean system health by hand-harvesting algae from the corals, manipulating calcium carbonate and pH levels to prevent the ocean becoming too acidic, and by installing an improved protein skimmer to supplement the algae turf scrubber system originally installed to remove excess nutrients.
Many insects had been included in original species mixes in the biomes but a globally invasive tramp ant species, Paratrechina longicornisunintentionally sealed in, had come to dominate other ant species.
Much of the evidence for isolated human groups comes from psychological studies of scientists overwintering in Antarctic research stations. This is in contrast to other expeditions where internal frictions can lead to unconscious sabotage of each other and the overall mission.
All of the crew felt a very strong and visceral bond with their living world. That was the nature of the factionalism The faction that included Poynter felt strongly that increasing research should be prioritized over degree of closure.
The other faction backed project management and the overall mission objectives. A majority of the SAC members chose to remain as consultants to Biosphere 2. Some sixty-four projects were included in the research program that Walford and Alling spearheaded developing.
They considered that would be a project failure by definition. In Novemberthe hungry Biospherians began eating seed stocks that had not been grown inside the Biosphere 2. This order was, however, never carried out.
Poynter writes  that she simply decided to stay put, correctly reasoning that the order could not be enforced without effectively terminating the closure. Isolated groups tend to attach greater significance to group dynamic and personal emotional fluctuations common in all groups.
Some reports from polar station crews exaggerated psychological problems. Biospherians intervened to control invasive plants when needed to preserve biodiversity, functioning as " keystone predators ".
In addition, construction itself was a challenge; for example, it was difficult to manipulate the bodies of water to have waves and tidal changes.
The team claimed the only new supplies brought in were plastic bags, but others accused them of bringing food and other items.
More criticism was raised when it was learned that, likewise, the project injected oxygen in January to make up for a failure in the balance of the system that resulted in the amount of oxygen steadily declining. The oxygen decline and minimal response of the crew indicated that changes in air pressure are what trigger human adaptation responses.
These studies enhanced the biomedical research program. Daily fluctuation of carbon dioxide dynamics was typically ppm because of the strong drawdown during sunlight hours by plant photosynthesisfollowed by a similar rise during the nighttime when system respiration dominated.
As expected, there was also a strong seasonal signature to CO2 levels, with wintertime levels as high as 4, ppm and summertime levels near 1, ppm.
The crew worked to manage the CO2 by occasionally turning on a CO2 scrubberactivating and de-activating the desert and savannah through control of irrigation water, cutting and storing biomass to sequester carbon, and utilizing all potential planting areas with fast-growing species to increase system photosynthesis.
The carbon precipitator could reverse the chemical reactions and thus release the stored carbon dioxide in later years when the facility might need additional carbon.
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