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The Desert Sea at Biosphere 2: Rocket Hub

Help us launch our Rocket Hub project to build an amazing ocean inside Biosphere 2!
by Rafe Sagarin on 4 April 2014

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Transcript of The Desert Sea at Biosphere 2: Rocket Hub

We are building an
Ocean
in the
Desert
We have a good start with THIS ocean
It's a 700,000 gallon body of water...
..of Biosphere 2
Yes, that Biosphere 2
The original Biosphere 2 was
an experiment to keep eight people alive
for two years inside a sealed ecosystem.
One of the habitats that sustained the Biospherians was
a coral reef ocean
.
Now the
University of

Arizona
runs Biosphere 2
We don't maintain it as a sealed ecosystem, but as a set of
living habitats
where we can do
environmental research

and
share results directly
with visitors, K-12 educators, and schools.
We want to use the Ocean for our research, outreach, and teaching missions...
...into a
living model
of the
Gulf of California
The
Gulf of California
, or Sea of Cortez, is the closest sea to our
Sonoran Desert
.
Biosphere 2
Gulf of California
The
Gulf is connected
, through biology, culture, and climate...
...to our
Sonoran Desert region
.
Our transformed ocean, the
Desert Sea
,
will show these connections to our visitors...
...and become a valuable platform for
marine ecology
and
conservation research
The Desert Sea will also be a great place to dive!
Our ocean is the only indoor PADI-certified
open water dive site
.
The Desert Sea will feature the living plants, fish, and invertebrates of the Gulf
The Project Manager for the Desert Sea is Dr. Rafe Sagarin
Rafe is a marine ecologist...
...who lives in the desert...
...and works in the Gulf of California
The Desert Sea transformation is a BIG project
...and we're ready to get started right now.
Please give to our Rocket Hub project and become a builder of an
amazing ocean
within an
amazing structure
within an
amazing desert
!
Under the glass roof...
...and we have a vision to transform it...
rocky shores
cactus-studded island
sargassum forest
underwater windows
panga
Pacific
Ocean
Mexico
California
Arizona
But the Biosphere 2 has always been about
making BIG ideas come to life...
In Biosphere 2, we are working hard to plan a
better future for our ocean
http://www.rockethub.com/projects/34745
The Desert Sea transformation will attract
new visitors and new scientists
to see and study the unique Biosphere 2 ocean.
...and to be inspired to protect the unique
Gulf of California
The
Desert Sea
at
Biosphere 2

The
Desert

Sea
Project at Rocket Hub
And we need YOUR help!
http://www.rockethub.com/projects/34745
250 miles
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