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Biosphere 2 rainforest to close for major drought study

Posted at 3:54 PM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 20:58:14-04

ORACLE, Ariz. — You won't be able to enter the rainforest on your next trip to Biosphere 2 in Oracle.

It's closed because a drought is about to "hit" the rainforest. An extensive $2.1 million research project is underway at Biosphere 2 known as "Water, Atmosphere and Life Dynamics," or WALD (the German word for water).

The drought experiement is scheduled to last four months, aiming to better understand what's already happening in tropical regions of the world.

'We're seeing a significant decrease in moisture and an increase in temperature in a lot of our tropical regions," Biosphere 2 deputy director John Adams said. "Trying to understand what those implications may bring in the future is critical."

There are 28 different partner institutions from around the world working on the drought study. They'll actually shut off the rain to the rainforest next month.