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Biosphere_2

Constructed between 1987 and 1991, it was used to explore the complex web of interactions within life systems in a structure that included five areas based on natural biomes and an agricultural area and human living/working space to study the interactions between humans, farming and technology with the rest of nature. Be dazzled by the gargantuan bubble that is Biosphere 2 - a Plexiglas bubble laboratory containing five separate and self-contained ecosystems. Originally designed to help scientists colonise Mars, it is now leased by the University of Arizona to study climate and ecology. Guided tours are available.

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Colorado River

The Colorado River, Mojave language 'Aha Kwahwat, Spanish: Río Colorado (Red River),[6] is a river in the Southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, approximately 1,450 miles (2,330 km) long,[4] draining a part of the arid regions on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. Shoot the rapids on a white-water rafting trip down the raging Colorado River; there are trips from short runs to two-week adventures.

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Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States. Visit the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This massive rend in the earth cut thousands of years ago by the Colorado River can be experienced by helicopter or airplane, or the more adventurous can hike or ride a mule down to the canyon floor, then raft the Colorado.

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Hopi Reservation

See the smaller Hopi Reservation, accommodating 7,000 Hopis. They have lived in the region for 1,500 years and are known for being talented farmers. The Hopis live in snug pueblo-style villages on top of three mesas. This area is treasured for its outstanding natural beauty. The system of villages is based around three mesas in the traditional pueblo style which has been traditionally used by the Hopi. Walpi is the oldest village on First Mesa, having been established in 1690 after the villages at the foot of mesa Koechaptevela was abandoned for fear of Spanish reprisal post 1680 Pueblo Revolt. The Tewa people live on First Mesa. Hopis also occupy the Second Mesa, and Third Mesa.

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Oak Creek Canyon

Explore beautiful Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona's Red Rock country. The canyon has natural swimming holes and lush forests beneath high sandstone cliffs. Prehistoric Native American ruins are nearby. Jeep tours, hiking and mountain biking are also available.

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Oak Creek Canyon
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