Rainforests of the World - California Academy of Science - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Touchstone
N 37° 46.182 W 122° 27.994
10S E 546980 N 4180397
Quick Description: Housed inside a 90 foot diameter glass sphere, the Rainforests of the World display in the California Academy of Science, is home to some unique plants and animals.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 12/9/2008 8:02:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM5AY9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 14

Long Description:
From the California Academy of Sciences website:

"The Academy rainforest is contained within a spectacular 90-foot diameter glass dome. It's the largest spherical rainforest exhibit in the world.

Follow a spiraling path up through the exhibit, experience what it's like to actually walk in a real rainforest. Temperatures are maintained at 82-85 degrees Fahrenheit, and humidity is maintained at 75% or above using a unique misting system.

Eighty skylights in the roof, supplemented with metal halide lights, enable the growth of lush, tropical plants found in various rainforests around the world.

Living plants include numerous trees - such as the Brazilian beautyleaf and West Indies mahogany, dozens of shrubs - including Theobrama cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made, and hundreds of flowering plants - from begonias and philodendrons to orchids and bromeliads."
Type of Greenhouse: Botanical display - public

What is the shape of this greenhouse: Part of a building - describe it in the Other text box

If you selected Other shape please describe it: The 90 foot sphere is housed inside the Academy main building.

Unique features: A unique spiral staircase follows the outside surface of the sphere.

If you selected Other - describe it.: Not listed

Type of Cover: Not listed

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