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Human Experiment

Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2

by Jane Poynter

Hardcover, 368 pages, Perseus Books Group, List Price: $26.95 |


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Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2
Jane Poynter

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A behind-the-scenes account of the two-year experiment during which eight people sealed themselves within a 3.15-acre biosphere cut off from the outside world offers insight into the human issues faced by its participants, who survived life-threatening levels of deprivation, labor, and interpersonal conflict.

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Conflict, Difficulties Marked Life in 'Biosphere II'

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