'All life as we know it exists within the context
of a system of living things - a biosphere'
- sphere of life (bio 'life'). The term coined
by an Austrian geologist in 1875 to describe the
field around the earth that all life exists within.
biospheres have been created to enable the study
of plants and other life in a controlled environment.
2 was created by Space Biosphere Ventures
in the late 1980's as a laboratory to study how
the earth works and how people interact with the
earth's systems. The Center is now affiliated
with Columbia University to conduct research,
education and public outreach for better understanding
of Biosphere 1 - the earth. For further information
and a virtual tour of Biosphere 2 visit http://www.bio2.edu/
Eden Project brings the story of the earth
to life from a reused quarry in Cornwall, England.
It's Biomes (huge ETFE* covered conservatories),
house landscapes from every corner of the globe.
The Eden project is not just a centre for education
and research. It is closely linked to artists
from a variety of different art forms. Making
it a perfect place to see the 21st century relationship
between art and science. Visit http://www.edenproject.com/
What is ETFE you ask? As an alternative to glass
(which would be much too heavy!) the Biome structures
are covered with EFTE - air inflated bags that
are 1% the weight of glass. For more information