Biosphere 2 sold to home developer

The landmark glass terrarium known as Biosphere 2, which was built as a self-sustaining environment for humans 20 years ago, and the 1,650 acres surrounding the research site were sold to a home developer for $50 million.

Texas billionaire Ed Bass spent more than $200 million building Biosphere 2 near Oracle. The site attracted global attention in 1991, when eight people were sealed inside to conduct a two-year experiment in self-sufficiency.

The buyer, CDO Ranching & Development, L.P., said the 3.1 acre building will remain open to researchers and tours for now.

Pinal County officials have approved plans to build 1,500 new homes and a resort hotel on the land.

Source:  Associated Press

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