Category Archives: museums

March is Archaeology and Heritage Month in Arizona

Petroglyphs, a cryptic language of an ancient people, or clandestine religious symbols known only to the local shaman?  Or, perhaps just a mark etched on a rock for posterity, similar to writing a note or a letter to a loved … Continue reading

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The Limekilns of Bayview Idaho

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Boyce Gulley’s architectural folly

There is literally nothing mysterious about the home built in the 1930’s on the north side of South Mountain  in Phoenix.  It’s more of a curiosity than a castle.  It’s the result of a man’s ingenuity at pulling together items … Continue reading

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Friends . . . but not forever

Four men and four women from the counterculture ecovillage of Synergia Ranch, in New Mexico, entered  Biosphere 2 on September 26, 1991 as intimate friends with a shared interest in developing self sufficient space colonies.  However, the combined enthusiasm of … Continue reading

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Money + idealism = Utopia in the Arizona desert

The interior of Biosphere 2, landscaped with five different ecosystems, epitomized a dream vacation rather than a facility to help acclimate future space colonists to the Martian atmosphere. If any one of the eight participants wanted to vacation in a … Continue reading

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Struts & glass and a couple of lungs to breathe

Construction on Biosphere 2, that would originally support the life of eight participants, commenced in 1987. Since large internal supports were out of the question, architects employed a design of interconnected steel struts and air tight, steel framed, high performance … Continue reading

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Biosphere 2: a failed science-fiction experiment or a scientific folly?

Remember college life when friends with like interests gathered at the local coffeehouse with their newly acquired knowledge, and bantered about the potential uses for their education?  In retrospect, the majority of those perceived achievements were mostly idealistic in nature. … Continue reading

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