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Su-Biosphere 2  (Source:

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Sub-Biosphere 2: The end game would be long-term human, plant and animal habitation in "Waterworld"

A London-based developer has come up with an ideal model that might offer hope to environmentalists and could help scientists monitor life in a whole new way. 

Sub-Biosphere 2 is a concept created by developer Phil Pauley.  Pauley envisions an underwater utopia where humans, plants, and animals co-exist and where aquanauts, tourism, and oceanographic life sciences thrive. 

Pauley modeled his design after Biosphere 2.  Biosphere 2 is a man-made, enclosed ecological system in Arizona.  The system was created by researchers at the University Of Arizona to explore the possibility of sustainable living in a closely monitored environment.

The difference between the two systems is that Biosphere 2 features above-ground biomes that include a rainforest, a grasslands desert, and an ocean complete with coral reef and wetlands.  

The Sub-Biosphere 2 will float on water and have a central supporting biome powering and controlling eight interactive living biomes.  Each biome will represent a different eco system.

The innovative control of variant atmospheric pressures that occur at depth will sustain all life-support systems for air, water, food, electricity, and other resources, according to Pauley.

The developer also says that the Sub-Biosphere 2 will be able to float or submerge.  The pressure at depth against the forces of air would act like a heart and lungs, sustaining life within the biomes.

A central support biome housing control equipment will monitor the life systems from within its own operations facility.

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Have they solved..
By Reclaimer77 on 6/28/2010 9:44:01 AM , Rating: 4
..The exploding Pod Six problem that plagued it's predecessor?

Points to whoever catches that reference :)

RE: Have they solved..
By whickywhickyjim on 6/28/2010 9:51:56 AM , Rating: 4
Pod six is jerks!

RE: Have they solved..
By Runiteshark on 6/28/2010 9:54:20 AM , Rating: 2
Quit being a bitch and pill me up

RE: Have they solved..
By Hydrofirex on 6/28/2010 11:40:28 AM , Rating: 2
So many qoutes, so little time... but I will say that I want to be a Tiger-bot. A bizarro Tiger-bot.


RE: Have they solved..
By Plugers on 6/28/2010 11:56:38 AM , Rating: 2
^ Mailbox head.

RE: Have they solved..
By Reclaimer77 on 6/28/2010 12:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
lol you guys rule

RE: Have they solved..
By chemist1 on 6/29/2010 2:46:08 AM , Rating: 2
Silent Running :).

Undersea Habitat?
By SVS on 6/28/2010 8:44:36 AM , Rating: 5
Welcome to Rapture

RE: Undersea Habitat?
By ElementZero on 6/28/2010 8:50:56 AM , Rating: 2
"Would you kindly build a Sub-Biosphere 2?"

RE: Undersea Habitat?
By schrodog on 6/28/2010 9:45:12 AM , Rating: 2
Where does one sign up to be a Big Daddy? Or better yet, where can I get some plasmids?

RE: Undersea Habitat?
By AstroCreep on 6/28/2010 3:39:25 PM , Rating: 2
Set your enemies on fire with a flick of your fingers!? I'm so there!

RE: Undersea Habitat?
By StevoLincolnite on 6/28/2010 11:36:20 AM , Rating: 3
Welcome to Rapture

Actually... My first thought was: Chuck some interstellar engines, a shielding system and some weapons and you have the "City of Atlantis" from StarGate. :)

RE: Undersea Habitat?
By pwndcake on 6/28/2010 7:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
This was exactly what I thought as well.

By Daniel8uk on 6/28/2010 10:45:12 AM , Rating: 1
It won't use glass ,it's far too brittle.

It'll probably make use of two thin transparent sheets of plastic in a frame with the area between them inflated, when this happens the structure becomes incredibly strong. Strong enough to withstand the pressure? Who knows, either way it would be good for shallow off-shore waters, preferably clear waters, otherwise it would be fairly pointless as you'd see nothing.

RE: ...
By theinnkeeper on 6/28/2010 1:01:55 PM , Rating: 3
Transparent aluminium

RE: ...
By TheDoc9 on 6/28/2010 2:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
This actually exists, although I doubt they'll use it.

RE: ...
By Howard on 6/28/2010 8:18:05 PM , Rating: 2
No it doesn't. You're thinking of aluminum oxynitride.

RE: ...
By DNAgent on 6/28/2010 1:27:32 PM , Rating: 2
Agree on not using glass--what about casting each pod out of polycarbonate? Metal scaffolding underneath to provide structural support?

Why not..
By JediJeb on 6/28/2010 3:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just build it on the sea floor and only have a small transport elevator to the surface? Would be easier to build than one that would need to incorporate balast tanks to be filled and drained to surface and submerge.

Putting it down 50 to 100 feet below the surface should allow for enough sunlight to reach it but also protect it from severe weather. Just need to rig up some sort of tidal power plant to power it to make it completely self sustaining.

RE: Why not..
By Jeffk464 on 6/29/2010 12:49:27 AM , Rating: 2
Why not just build it in the suburbs and just flush air and water through it and plug it into the grid? Seems a hell of a lot easier, and a lot less waste of resources.

RE: Why not..
By JediJeb on 6/29/2010 10:00:10 AM , Rating: 2
Would kinda defeat the purpose of using it to do marine research though.

thanks for the chuckle
By kattanna on 6/28/2010 11:20:44 AM , Rating: 2
from your link.

The large self-sustaining system can float on top of the water or submerge and travel along rails all the way to the ocean floor

thats cute, since not even our own subs that carry people can travel all the way down to the ocean floor.

and with a name like pauley, i find the whole notion to be as realistic as this

RE: thanks for the chuckle
By trajan on 6/28/2010 5:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
We actually have many subs that can reach the ocean floor, included manned vehicles. I think you may be ignoring the fact that the ocean floor is of variable depth, and some areas are relatively shallow. You might also be thinking only of military subarmines and not research submersibles.

In any case, a manned submersible, the Trieste, reached the bottom of the deepest known spot in the Mariana Trench over 50 years ago. I could be patronizing, too, and label your comment "cute" but I'll just go with misinformed and I hope this helps fix that. Fact checking your own assumptions before mocking someone can save you embarrassment later.

Dodgy design?
By Dribble on 6/28/2010 9:39:46 AM , Rating: 1
No way something with that many individual panes of glass surrounding huge open areas is ever going underwater.

RE: Dodgy design?
By Jeffk464 on 6/29/2010 12:46:35 AM , Rating: 2
Who gets stuck with the job of cleaning the seagull crap off of all that glass?

By boushidosan666 on 6/28/2010 9:19:09 AM , Rating: 2
for the sub-biosphere says su-bioshpere

Bio-Dome 2?
By Integral9 on 6/28/2010 2:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
wait, Pauly Shore and Steven Baldwin?!... ah crap.

By ZachDontScare on 6/28/2010 3:58:21 PM , Rating: 2
I just knew the world of Jabberjaw would eventually come to be!!

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