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Reinventing The Biosphere: The Future of The Research Jewel of the Arizona Desert

Once best known as the set of a Pauly Shore film, the facility now houses innovative climate change research.

I approach Biosphere 2, couched in the cacti-ornamented hills of the Sonoran Desert and surrounded by mountain peaks. I’m enamored with the unusual tale of this larger-than-life science project, but have come to terms with the fact that for the generation that came of age in the 1990s, the memory of Biosphere 2 will likely forever be held captive by the Pauly Shore vehicle, Biodome, which was filmed on this location and which “put the mental in environmental.”


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