Wednesday, August 18, 2010

National Geographic Show to Feature Biosphere 2

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM

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A crew from the National Geographic Channel wraps up three days of filming at Biosphere 2 today. The footage will be used for a show called X-Ray Earth, scheduled to air in December.

From the press release:

David Rajter, Field producer for X-Ray Earth said “When we were first developing the program Biosphere 2 was at the top of the list as a location that we must shoot at. As far as technology there is nothing else like Biosphere 2 on earth, in terms of scale, diversity and the type of science that is done here. After nearly 20 years it is uniquely suited to help us better understand our changing planet. "

The rest of the press release is after the jump:

National Geographic Filming at The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona.

Oracle, Arizona - The National Geographic Channel is in Oracle at The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 this week to feature the groundbreaking environmental and earth science research being conducted by University of Arizona scientists.

This epic, two-hour TV special, called “X-Ray Earth,” will premiere in December 2010.

From the show description:

“For eons, we’ve thought of our planet as a giant chunk of dead rock floating through space; our little world was at the mercy of its cosmic environment. But as we’re now finding out, this planet is more alive than we could have ever imagined.

When the systems at work on this planet are compared to a human’s, the similarities are striking. Like us, Earth has systems to control temperature. It moderates salinity and acidity, adapts to change, cycles gasses and even has a metabolism. Like a living being, our planet is continually growing new skin and it can even heal after injury.

But how resilient is our world? Are some changes too drastic to overcome?”

David Rajter, Field producer for X-Ray Earth said “When we were first developing the program Biosphere 2 was at the top of the list as a location that we must shoot at. As far as technology there is nothing else like Biosphere 2 on earth, in terms of scale, diversity and the type of science that is done here. After nearly 20 years it is uniquely suited to help us better understand our changing planet. "

"Biosphere 2 is a unique tool that UA researchers are using to better understand earth and how its systems may change in the future" said John Adams, Assistant Director, Planning and Facilities, UA Biosphere 2. Part of the program will highlight how UA scientists are using the controlled environment at Biosphere 2 to help them crack nature’s codes, including work being conducted in the B2 ocean, rainforest, model city - solar, modeling, mortality studies, and the Landscape Evolution Observatory.

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