nobody knows why this happens to 1 in 10k saguaros… theories include disease, mutation, trauma, lightening strike and mad cacti creativity…
ocotillo, looking cool, posing with its sign…
Amazing pictographs found on fake rocks. Proof that the Anasazi were time traveling aliens who occasionally doodled on broken down theme park rides. Also, if you look closer, a barely-visible message from a former civilization. Storyteller Theater?
The Southwest still has many mysteries to solve.
Gun fight in the streets of Old Tucson Studios. Here the cowboy lectures the crowd about gun violence, racism, bank robbers, and no-good double-crossing Arizona sheriffs, Luckily we don’t have to worry about these problems today.
Also in attendance, McGruff the crime dog (bottom left)… He has a little fan in the back of his head to keep him cool in the Arizona heat.
Fake church at Old Tucson Studios.
Below Biosphere 2 it is wonderfully wacky. A maze of tunnels and pipe, wind chambers and holding tanks, pumps and power switches. Oh,and there’s also two stadium-sized “lungs” on either side of the complex used to regulate pressure. Wow… “nature” is not easy.
Faux-rock cave that leads directly to the underworld.
Is the sky inside or outside? Before you answer, check out those black pipes. They deliver rain.
How do you recreate the Earth’s biosphere (200 million square miles of surface area with an insanely complex carbon cycle) including a desert, rain forest, savanna, wetland, and ocean (ecosystems that have been evolving separately for billions of years) and make it work inside a 3-acre sealed complex of tinker-toy terrariums? Well, you don’t. But boy, they sure had fun trying.
Biosphere 2 suffered from CO2 levels that fluctuated wildly and most of the vertebrate species and all of the pollinating insects died… also overstocked fish dying and clogging filtration systems, unanticipated condensation making the “desert” too wet, population explosions of greenhouse ants and cockroaches, and morning glories overgrowing the “rainforest”, blocking out other plants… The oxygen inside the facility, which began at 20.9%, fell at a steady pace and after 16 months was down to 14.5%. This is equivalent to the oxygen availability at an elevation of 4,080 meters (13,400 ft)… (Wikipedia)