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Insights from studying Nature

In 1991, a project called the Biosphere 2 began in Oracle, Arizona in an effort to make a completely self contained environmental ecosystem. This meant no outside air, soil, or inputs of any kind. Everything within the dome was intended to be recycled creating a continuous symbiotic loop among the plants, bacteria, animals and air. The project aimed to achieve new insights into the nature of different ecologies as well as to act as a primitive template for potential biodomes in space and beyond.

As the project progressed, the researchers involved began to notice a peculiar anomaly occurring with the growth rate of trees within the biosphere. Compared to their natural brethren, the trees within the dome were growing at a much faster pace. Even more strangely, these seemingly healthy trees began to inexplicably fall over. While this initially baffled the researchers involved, further observation uncovered a fascinating culprit behind this puzzling behavior.

In the natural world, and even in ventilated man made buildings and greenhouses, various degrees of wind constantly create a stress on trees and plants. Because the Biosphere was so stringently contained, there was essentially no moving air whatsoever within the isolated areas. This lack of wind prevented the trees from receiving the natural resistance and stress typical in their uninhibited outdoor environments. Without these stressors, the trees were unable to produce reaction bark, and thus unable to even bear their own weight under the most forgiving and protected of environments.
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Why is the picture above and the one in the link of the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK? It is not part of the Biosphere 2 project.

Thanks for spotting this, @Khurram Wadee. Maybe the blog post author just grabbed a photo of what he/she thought was Biosphere 2. I will dig into this later. :-)

As a side note, the Eden Project is worth visiting if you're in the area but it is more a tourist attraction rather than a research centre and is certainly not isolated from its environment.

Fascinating. Stress early in life prepares life for hardships, plants and people. We all know how little coddled people can cope with the world.

Yes @Space Force☮🍄, that is one of the major insights! :-)

Most fascinating is that bacteria grown while protected from the natural background radioactivity level, don't develop well.

other insights from Biosphere II:
1. concrete absorbs CO2;
2. sometimes you have to cheat, and let some air in;
3. fungi and other microbial life is waay more important than we ever thought before.

-- you have to let the air in, because the concrete eventually stops absorbing CO2, and if you don't have enough green plants, it will build up to an unpleasant level.

Interesting stuff though, about the lack of wind causing weakness in the tall plants. Also, a long-known fact is that they will get tall and thin and weak if they don't get enough light. Look up 'etiolation'.

Didn't Steve Bannon develop in Biosphere II? What's his deficiency?

Study finds kids who grow up in safe spaces become liberal SJWs.

Study finds that insufficient linguistic challenges lead kids to a magic apprehension of names and to reason by mantras.

As @Khurram Wadee pointed out, the photo above from the web site is NOT an image of Biosphere 2. For true photos of Biosphere 2, and a lot more insights, see