Biosphere 2 And The University Of Arizona
An Important Facility For Research On Our Global Climate
Biosphere 2 is off Highway 77 in Oracle, AZ. It is 25 miles north of central Tucson, AZ and 9 miles past the Highway 79/77 intersection. You will pass the Robson Resort Community of SaddleBrooke Ranch along the way.
Construction of the Biosphere 2 facility began in 1986. Biosphere 2 launched its 1st research mission in 1991. That first mission lasted 2 years and ending in 1993.
A shorter second mission took place during 1993 and 1994.
These well publicized programs provided useful research on our ecological environment. The men and women involved published accounts of these missions.
Their views present unique perspectives on the activities and results of the experiments.
In 1994, Decisions Investments Corporation assumed control of the property. As part of that action, Columbia University managed the facility from 1996-2003.
To take on new the research studies the facility expanded and reconfigured.
In June 2007, CDO Ranching bought the Biosphere 2 facility. They then leased the Biosphere 2 properties to the University of Arizona from 2007-2011.
University of Arizona
In July 2011, the University of Arizona assumed ownership of Biosphere 2. A gift from the Philecology Foundation help fund Biosphere 2 operations. And National Science Foundation grants supported key research activities.
Biosphere Facts and Directions
Biosphere 2 sits at an elevation of 3,820 ft. in Oracle Arizona some 15 miles north of Oro Valley AZ. A few interesting facts about the Biosphere 2 facility are that it:
- Is a 3.14 acre Biosphere facility
- Has 7,200,000 cubic feet of sealed glass, 6,500 windows
- Is 91 feet at highest point
- Is sealed from the earth below by a 500-ton welded stainless steel liner
- Has a 40-acre campus
- Contains 300,000 sq. ft. of administrative offices, classrooms, labs, conference center, housing
Finding Biosphere 2 from downtown Tucson is easy. Take Oracle Road north towards Oracle AZ (about 40 minutes). Roughly 2 miles after passing SaddleBrooke Ranch turn East (right) at the Biosphere 2 sign.
University of Arizona – Biosphere 2
32540 S. Biosphere Road
Oracle Arizona 85623
For more information visit the University Of Arizona website for Biosphere 2.
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