Arizona's 10 Coolest Contributions to Science

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1.) The Grand Canyon


The Grand Canyon is a natural scientist's dream come true. There are more than 373 bird species, 89 mammal species, 47 reptile species, 9 amphibian species, and 17 fish species. There are more than 1,700 known species of plants, along several different ecosystems.

It's "one of the most studied geologic landscapes in the world," according to the National Park Service.

"Its great biological diversity can be attributed to the presence of five of the seven life zones and three of the four desert types in North America," according to the Park Service. "The five life zones represented are the Lower Sonoran, Upper Sonoran, Transition, Canadian, and Hudsonian. This is equivalent to traveling from Mexico to Canada."

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Charlie Erb
Charlie Erb

"Were their any on our list..." really, Matthew?

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

That jet skis are a contribution to science is a very dubious claim. That said, all Biosphere II proved is that it will be hard for humans to get along in space during long voyages. Other than that, whatever "discoveries" made during the Biosphere "experiment" are at best pseudo-science. Nevertheless, it makes neat tourist attraction.


Yep that does indeed make a lot of sense.

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