Inside Biosphere 2 : earth science under glass (Scientists In The Field (Houghton Mifflin)) (#0788MW9)

by Carson, Mary Kay; illustrated by Uhlman, Tom

8 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Hardcover Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
Price: USD 16.53
Description: 79 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 x 29 cm
Dewey: 304.2; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 7.0
AR 7 MG 2 176182EN; RC 9.5 5; LEX 1060L


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These books show people immersed in the unpredictable and dynamic natural world, making science more accessible, relevant and exciting to readers. Far from the research laboratory, these books show firsthand adventures in the great outdoors--adventures with a purpose. From climbing into a snake den to tracking wolves; from swimming with hammerhead sharks to saving endangered great apes; from learning about the science of ocean motion by following trash; to studying volcanoes in order to save lives, readers experience the thrill of discovering the unknown.

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From Follett

Includes bibliographical references (pages 76-78) and index. "In the 1990s, scientists lived inside Biosphere 2 (Biosphere 1 is the Earth itself) for two years, trying to figure out if colonizing Mars would ever be possible. Now scientists don't live there but instead conduct all sorts of studies and experiments aimed to help us better understand our environment and especially understand what sort of things are happening to it due to climate change and other man-made problems. It's a unique take on the 'Scientists in the Field' mission statement - in this case, the field/lab is a replica that allows the scientists to conduct large scale experiments that would otherwise be impossible."--Provided by publisher.

From the Publisher

In the Arizona desert, scientists conduct studies and experiments aimed to help us better understand our environment and what sort of things are happening to it due to climate change. The location is Biosphere 2, an immense structure that contains a replica ocean, savannah, and rainforest, among other Earth biomes. It's a unique take on the Scientists in the Field mission statement -- in this case, the lab is a replica that allows the scientists to conduct large-scale experimentsthat would otherwise be impossible.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Series: Scientists in the field
  • Dewey: 304.2
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 79 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 x 29 cm
  • Tracings: Uhlman, Tom, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-544-41664-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-544-41664-2
  • LCCN: 2014-047046
  • Follett Number: 0788MW9
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 7.0
  • ATOS Book Level: 7
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 2
  • AR Quiz: 176182EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 9.5
  • Reading Counts Points: 5
  • Lexile: 1060L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 10/15/15
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 11/01/15
  • Horn Book Guide, 04/01/16
  • Horn Book Magazine, 11/01/15
  • Kirkus Reviews, 08/15/15
  • Library Media Connection, 03/01/16
  • School Library Journal starred, 10/01/15
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 12/01/16

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (October 15, 2015 (Vol. 112, No. 4))
Grades 5-8. Continuing the tradition of excellence established by other award-winning titles in the Scientists in the Field series is Carson’s latest on the Arizona-based research project Biosphere 2. Formerly a self-contained mini-Earth inhabited by a group of scientists for a 730-day stretch starting in 1991, Biosphere 2 now acts as a “bridge between a laboratory and the real world,” combining research with public education and tours. Well-organized chapters, extensive color photographs, and diagrams supplement an engaging narrative that follows several scientists and their hands-on research. Scientists whose work is explored include a biogeochemist, a marine ecologist, an earth scientist and water expert, and a sustainability expert. No longer focused on how to colonize Mars, Biosphere 2’s research directly impacts people’s lives. From examining how forests handle climate change and the impact of the ocean becoming more acidic, to developing a deeper understanding of the water cycle for soil erosion and predicting climate conditions, the scope of the research is vast. “There’s not another experiment like this in the world,” says Biosphere scientist Luke Pangle. A glossary, bibliography, and extensive list of online sources provide an excellent jumping-off point for further student research. Truly eye-opening.

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