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Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane
"Set off from Grand Canyon National Park Airport on your morning or afternoon airplane tour of Grand Canyon landmarks. As you ride aboard a comfortable Vistaliner plane with panoramic windows listen to narration about the geologic forces that helped create the dramatic canyon and surrounding terrain and the various peoples who have lived there. Keep your camera ready as you fly over Zuni Point — one of the few lookouts on the South Ri a popular vista point on the South Rim and glimpse the gorgeous colors of the Painted Desert in the distance. See the remote North Rim including its highest viewpoint Point Imperial. Admire the Kaibab Plateau and dense greenery of the Kaibab National Forest before returning to Grand Canyon National Park Airport at the conclusion of your 40-minute aerial tour."""
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H1 Hummer Adventure from Phoenix
"There’s a reason that the U.S. Army outfits its fleets with Humvees: They’re bold they’re versatile and they’re badass. The M998 Humvee is military-grade only but the Hummer H1 is the closest a civilian can get. This off-road vehicle is perfect for the rough-and-tumble tourist who prefers an up close and personal experience. Mud dirt water rocks—it’s all the same for the Hummer H1. Coast along desert trails high above the ground
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Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour From Phoenix
"After being picked up by luxury van from the Phoenix metro area your first stop is the famous Red Rocks of Sedona. During the brief stop you can stretch your legs take photos of the Red Rocks while your guide will pick up your lunch at a Sedona restaurant to take as a picnic to the Grand Canyon. Continuing on your scenic drive though Oak Creek Canyon one of the USA's most scenic drives you'll experience dramatic elevation changes as you wind through 2000 vertical feet (600 meters) of red walled canyon before emerging into a ponderosa forest. Once at the Grand Canyon South Rim board a state-of-the-art helicopter for a 50-minute flight over the Grand Canyon. You’ll fly towards the eastern end of the canyon following the Colorado River
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Biosphere 2 Tips (5)

Biodome-like Biosphere, 40 miles from Tucscon

We drove about 40 miles north of downtown Tucson on State Highway 77 near Oracle to get to Biosphere 2. This is a 3.15-acre (12,700 m2) structure originally built to be a man-made, materially-closed ecological system in Oracle, Arizona by Space Biosphere Ventures - a project costing somewhere over 200 million dollars...the entrance fee though is about $20 but sometimes, you can find clippings that give you a significant discount. I think we found one through the Tucson magazine which gave us $5 off.

The facility was used to explore the complex web of interactions within life systems in a structure that included five areas based on natural biomes and an agricultural area and human living/working space to study the interactions between humans, farming and technologies with the rest of nature. So, inside you do see the Amazon Raining Forest, the mangroves of Florida and then even the desert (which was already outside the complex anyways).

But before this place used to be airtight and there people shutr in for months in the eraly 1990's (1994 being the latest) - but now the complex is exposed to air.Biospehere scientists explored the possible use of closed biospheres in space colonization, and allowed the study and manipulation of a biosphere without harming Earth's.

Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3PM) daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
Tour cost: $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, military and AAA members, $13 for children ages 6 to 12, free for those 5 and younger.
32540 S Biosphere Rd, Oracle - (520) 838-6100
Directions: 10 exit 240. East on Tangerine Rd for 13.5 miles, then north on Hwy 77 for 14.5 miles, then right onto Biosphere Rd for 2.5 miles. The gate across the road closes at 4 PM.

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Apr 04, 2011

Columbia University’s...

Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 Center: This $200 million facility, the world’s largest man-made controllable environment, has been visited by nearly a million and a half people from all over the world since opening in 1991. It features tours daily including the Biosphere Theatre, Demonstration Labs, Human Habitat, Climate & Earth exhibit, Ocean Viewing Gallery, Restaurants and Gift Shops. It also has conference facilities and guest suites overlooking the Sonoran Desert and Santa Catalina Mountains. Inquire about special summer rates that include dinner and breakfast for two. Thirty minutes north of Tucson. Take highway 77 to Mile Marker 96.5. Call (520) 896-6200 for information.

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Aug 25, 2002

BIOSPHERE 2 CENTER DIAGRAMMile...

BIOSPHERE 2 CENTER DIAGRAM

Mile Marker 96.5 State Highway 77 - 30 minute drive

Find much more information on the
Main Research Entry Page

Put on your walking shoes and when you finish this tour go see Lucy at Tips and Toes in the Desert Trend Salon for a pedicure, 5447 East Pima, you'll be glad you did!

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jedd43
Aug 24, 2002

BIOSPHERE 2 CENTERBiosphere 2...

BIOSPHERE 2 CENTERBiosphere 2 covers 3.15 acres, it is 91 feet tall at it's highest point. It is sealed off from Earth below by a 500-ton welded stainless steel liner. The water, air and soil are constantly monitored. The 25 foot ocean holds a million gallons of salt water.
Biosphere 2 contains five biomes -
a rainforest, desert, savanna, marsh and ocean. (A biome is a self-sustaining community of living organisms.) Biosphere 2 was created to better understand Biosphere 1 - Earth. It is open for public tours now and features exhibits such as the Climate change and Life on Earth exhibition.

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