Marine biologist diving in Biosphere 2 'ocean'

Marine biologist diving in Biosphere 2 'ocean'

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This image is part of the feature Biosphere 2 Opening

Credit: PHILIPPE PLAILLY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Opening of Biosphere 2. A marine biologist starts to study the coral in the ocean biome of Biosphere 2 on the day after it was opened. The 3.1 acre air- and water-tight building was home to eight occupants for two years, and was designed to allow study of the possibilities for human survival in a totally self-sufficient ecosystem. 39 of the 40 coral species in the project survived the experiment. The costs of this controversial, $150 million project were met from private funds. The Biosphere 2 project building is at Oracle, Arizona.

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Keywords: biological, biology, biosphere 2 (restricted use), biosphere project, ecological, ecology, ecosystem experiment, research

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