Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass is an incredible look inside a giant, three-acre laboratory greenhouse in the vast Arizona desert that is home to an artificial ocean, rainforest, marshland, and rock structures, where scientists do large-scale studies and experiments to better understand our Biosphere 1 (Earth)! The latest addition to the ever-popular Scientists in the Field series.
In the Arizona desert, scientists conduct studies and experiments aimed to help us better understand our environment and what sort of things are happening to it due to climate change. The location is Biosphere 2, an immense structure that contains a replica ocean, savannah, and rainforest, among other Earth biomes. It’s a unique take on the Scientists in the Field mission statement — in this case, the lab is a replica that allows the scientists to conduct large-scale experiments that would otherwise be impossible.
* "This enlightening title adeptly connects Biosphere 2’s past with its present and future. Stunning photographs, clear and colorful graphics, and illuminating insets enhance the appeal...Highly recommended for all middle school science collections."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"An encouraging example of earth scientists working to understand and deal with climate change in new and amazing ways."
* "From examining how forests handle climate change to the impact of the ocean becoming more acidic, to developing a deeper understanding of the water cycle for soil erosion, and to predicting climate conditions, the scope of the research is vast...Truly eye-opening."
—Booklist, starred review
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