Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass

photos by Tom Uhlman. 80p. (Scientists in the Field). bibliog. charts. diags. glossary. index. maps. notes. websites. HMH. Oct. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544416642.
RedReviewStarGr 5–8—The latest installment in this stellar series examines Biosphere 2, a research facility in Oracle, AZ. Biosphere 2 began as an engineering marvel and an experiment in creating a self-sustaining, closed biological system that could support a team of humans for two years. In 1993, when the original Biosphere 2 experiment ended amid controversy, few could have predicted what the future would hold for the research facility. While briefly addressing the original experiment and its triumphs and shortcomings, Carson focuses on telling a compelling story of the scientific research being conducted at Biosphere 2 today and the importance of that work in understanding our biosphere: the planet Earth. 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, and direct quotes from the Biosphere 2 scientists are liberally incorporated throughout. The processes, products, and purposes of the research are addressed, and information about the facility's past is provided in a series of "Flashback to the Biospherians" photographic sidebars.
VERDICT Highly recommended for all middle school science collections.—Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Mirus Academy Library, TX
, Oct 01, 2015

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