On March 6, 1994, a group of people moved into Biosphere 2, outside Tucson, Arizona. The original biosphere, Earth, is made up of all the parts of our planet where life exists. The ecosystems that can be found in Biosphere 2 are the same that can be found on Earth. These include an ocean with a coral reef, mangrove wetlands, a tropical rain forest, a savanna grassland, and fog desert.
The seven people who entered Biosphere 2 on March 6 only lived there six months. It was the project’s second mission. Today, Biosphere 2 is owned and operated by the University of Arizona and is an important resource for physical geographers.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry biosphere Noun
part of the Earth where life exists.
Encyclopedic Entry: biosphere coral reef Noun
rocky ocean features made up of millions of coral skeletons.
ecosystem with large, flat areas of grasses.
type of tree or shrub with long, thick roots that grows in salty water.
large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: ocean planet Noun
large, spherical celestial body that regularly rotates around a star.
Encyclopedic Entry: planet rain forest Noun
area of tall, mostly evergreen trees and a high amount of rainfall.
Encyclopedic Entry: rain forest savanna Noun
type of tropical grassland with scattered trees.
existing in the tropics, the latitudes between the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south.
area of land covered by shallow water or saturated by water.
Encyclopedic Entry: wetland