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Environmentalist

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 271–281 | Cite as

Biosphere II: Meeting ground for ecology and technology

  • Dorion Sagan
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Summary

Biosphere II is a new project to build a self-contained ecological system containing humans, plants, and as many other living organisms as necessary for long-term sustenance. Soviet space scientists have already designed “Bios 3,” simulating conditions on board a flight to Mars. In building Biosphere II, the Institute of Ecotechnics (IE), in collaboration with Space Biospheres Ventures, Decisions Teams Limited, The Environmental Research Laboratory associated with The University of Arizona, and Sarbid Limited, plan to build the prototype of an artificial world in which environmental and ecological processes can be observed closely; An educational, scientific, and ethical “laboratory”, Biosphere II will raise public consciousness of the interdependence of all life. It will also serve as a “control” world where possibly harmful environmental effects can be modelled before they reach a crisis stage. Eventually the biospheres are to be marketed and set up in space as the biosphere, no longer in conflict with but aided by human technology, puts forth its young upon other celestial bodies.

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Environmental Management Research Laboratory Nature Conservation Environmental Effect Living Organism 
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© Science and Technology Letters 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorion Sagan
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  1. 1.AllstonUSA

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