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 4/17/2003 9:45 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 1/4/2013 1:10:05 PM

When we were driving thru Tucson,Az Susie saw a sign for the Bio Sphere 11. She had heard of it but didn't know exactly what it was all about. We were on our way to St David campground and it closed by 5:00. I told here we wouldn't have enough time. Didn't matter, she said, let's go see it and we will call them on the road later.

The first picture you see is the living quarters for the sceintist that did a two year study, I can't remember if it was in the 60's or 70's, to see if they could exist on their own inside of an air tight capsule independant of any help. This included food,air,health,etc.
When they locked the door they were on their own for two years.

We were wondering where the Bio Spere 1 was. Later we found out it was the real world we live in.




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 4/17/2003 10:32 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 1/4/2013 1:12:12 PM

This picture shows the rain forest building. When the experiment started they had to grow their own food and survive on the own for 2 years.


At the left you will see a dome. It was used to regulate the air pressure in the building. Because of the large amount of glass the air pressure in the building would rise during the hot summer days and if it did not have any relief would blow out the windows. During the night the bladder would return to normal. There was an under ground tunnel connecting the two areas. Each building had it's own.


The main food ended up being bananas because they were easy and took very little preparation. They also grew their own vegetables using the hydroponic method. Seeing 10 inch cucumbers growing on a 8 ft. pole being fed by a coffee cup size container was very eye lifting.
When they started they had to decide on what types of plants to bring in. In the end that became a problem. They were supposed to go for two years, which they did but there was some controversy. It appears that sometime near the end they were feeling a little weird and it was discovered they were getting low on oxygen. The bacteria from some of the plants were eating up more of the oxygen that the plants could produce so they had to pipe in some oxygen.
Some people cried foul because they had to drive a pipe under ground to feed them some oxygen to make the full two years.
The real purpose of the experiment was to see if they could live in a self contained environment without any outside help. The reason for this was that they felt the way we were headed the air would be so poluted by the next century that humans would not be able to exist. So far we have made it 40 years.
This is a must see if you are in the area.


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 11/12/2009 4:13 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 1/4/2013 1:12:58 PM

We really don't know what this homemade bell was for, but we tried it out.


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 11/12/2009 4:27 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 1/4/2013 1:13:58 PM

This is the surronding area. You can tell we were in hot Arizonia from the burnt country side.

This was one of the extra treats we crossed as we traveled.

Ended up getting to St David after 6;30 at night and the gates were closed. We were able to talk our way in after explaining to the gate keeper the circumstances.

We had explained to the lady running the office we would be late and to notify the main gate. She was rude and didn't do anything to help us.

This was a coast to coast park belonging to Western Horizons. As we traveled and learned the ropes, we found that Western Horizons looked down on the coasties and really didn't want them anyway. We didn't reward them with our stay. Our plans had been to stay there a week, but they were so independant and rude we told them we would move on to other campgrounds that were friendly and appreciated our business. There was one other campgound that operated like this in Sedona,Az. Both of them had all the business they wanted and could care less. I wonder how they are doing in todays times. These were the only times we felt uncomfortable staying with Coast to Coast.

We went down to Ft. Hachucha and had a great stay. This was in the Tomestone area, lots to see and do.


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 1/4/2013 1:15 PM
 

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