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A Mini-Earth Struggles for Respectability

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Science  22 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5367, pp. 1183
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5367.1183

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ORACLE, ARIZONA-- The original planners of Biosphere 2, the giant greenhouse in the Arizona desert, hoped to build a microcosm of Earth, which they called Biosphere 1. Now the facility's current manager, Columbia University, is attempting a seemingly more modest goal: creating a microcosm of the university's Earth Institute--a research and teaching facility focused on the science of global change (see main text).