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Geosphere

Seizure

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Mineral hydration is a process in which water interacts with a mineral’s crystalline structure. This chemical reaction often occurs during metasomatism, a transformation of igneous or metamorphic rock by hydrothermal...

Atmosphere

Cloudscapes

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The emergence of the term nanoclimate parallels the parsing of climatological data along increasingly compact geographical areas. Although its size has yet to be officially defined, it is considered to...

Hydrosphere

Water Cathedral

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Stalactites are the preserved embodiment of a focused point of convergence between the hydrosphere and geosphere. When water rich in calcium carbonate and carbon dioxide seeps into a cave at...

Microbial Biosphere

Xylinum Cones

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The Xylinum Cones project by Hülsen and Schwabe presents a strategy for growing geometric building blocks from living bacterial cellulose. Cellulose is a material found in plant cell walls and...

Botanical Biosphere

Bloom

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Bloom illustrates the emulation of botanical behavior in non-biological materials. Designed by architect Doris Kim Sung, Bloom is a 20’ tall open-air pavilion clad in gleaming bimetallic strips—a composite skin...

Noosphere

Skin

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Human language has evolved endlessly over the history of our noosphere, from pictograms on cave walls, to Eastern and Western spoken languages, to sign language, braille, graphic forms of communication,...

Geosphere

Geology and Life

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A common origin myth explains that the first human beings were made from clay. The Egyptian god Khnum, a ram-headed deity known as “The Great Potter,” is said to have...

Atmosphere

Atmosphere as Instrument

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Atmospheric phenomena strongly influenced the earliest religions, which sought to account for the existence of otherwise inexplicable environmental forces. Regardless of the culture of origin, primitive forms of worship attributed...

Hydrosphere

Water in Conflict

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From its inception, life has had a conflicted relationship with water. On one hand, water is an essential ingredient for life, and living organisms depend on water for their continued...