Author: Ecotechnics Staff

Laboratory Biosphere

Advanced Life Support System Experimental Chamber The Earth’s biosphere is basically a system that is materially closed (with some input from the solar system such as meteorites and some output from Earth such as escaping gasses) and open to information and energetic sources (such as sunlight and heat radiation). Biospherics is the study of biospheres: an exciting and essential new science, first envisioned by Vladimir Vernadsky (Russia) in the 1920’s. Biospherics differs from systems ecology in that it deals with materially closed systems and thus complete biogeochemical cycling. Biospheres, as a class of objects to study, are defined as...

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NOW ON YOUTUBE: Biosphere 2 -Story of the Original Design and Building

NOW ON YOUTUBE: Here is a 13 minute overview narrated by the cofounders and project directors about why a private entity built the world’s largest laboratory for global ecology, Biosphere 2, and how eight people lived and worked inside it for two years (1991-1993) growing their food, recycling their air, water and wastes. This experiment defined many aspects of the intimate metabolic connection between humans and the environment that sustains them and greatly advanced the field of space habitat design. The project has been noted as the first attempt to determine the value of ecosystems services in this man-made...

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IE Amazon Ethnobotanical Collection Moves to Southern Cross University Herbarium, New South Wales

Robyn Tredwell (center) with Robert Hahn (right) with shaman guides. From 1981 – 1983, Robyn Tredwell and Robert Hahn, both directors of the Institute of Ecotechnics participated in the “Amazon River Expedition” on board the research vessel Heraclitus in charge of the ethnobotanical collections. The impetus to mount this expedition was made by Harvard professor Richard Evans Schultes, founder of contemporary ethnobotany, who spoke at our 1979 conference in Malaysia. When we asked what could we do to help preserve the lore of the jungle, he suggested that the Institute use its sailing ship, the Heraclitus to undertake an expedition up...

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British documentary about the creation of Biosphere 2

Documentary Film “Will Apples Grow on Mars?“ Made in 1991, this remarkable film depicts the creation of Biosphere 2, the world’s first (and so far, only) totally sealed miniature world designed for long term human habitation. In 1991, four men and four women were locked inside Biosphere 2 as an experiment to see if they could survive for two years by recycling all their waste, water and air, and by growing all their food without fertilizers or pesticides. Described as “One of the greatest scientific experiments of the 20th century”, Biosphere 2 contained a rainforest, ocean, river, marsh, desert and a half acre farm. Director, Ken Howard....

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