Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The Tropical Islands Resort is an artificial tropical resort in Brandenburg, Germany.
The Tropical Islands Resort is an artificial exotic island environment that is said to be the world's largest indoor tropical structure, which can accommodate up to 8,000 visitors a day. It is also the world's largest indoor water park at 66,000 square meters.
What makes the Tropical Island Dome even more remarkable is that it doubles as a miniature ecosystem. About 80% of the resort's 66,000 square meters of floor space is used for ‘green space', which includes more than 500 species of plants; including palm trees, orchids, carnivorous plants, banana trees, coffee bushes, jungle creepers and other exotic rain forest vegetation. Pool water is reclaimed to water the plant life, which grows in 30,000 cubic meters of custom-made soil. Due to the enormous amount of open space, the vegetation is allowed to grow without restriction in the hopes of creating a true indoor rain forest canopy.
Transparent panels allow natural sunlight through which gives light to the interior during the day. The panels are also UV absorbent that expose the plants to natural sunlight and allowing the dome to operate as a giant greenhouse. The internal temperature is kept at a comfortable humidity year-round, regardless of the weather outdoor. It is stated that the interior's high humidity causes water condensation on the inside of the dome, which collects for some time before finally forming drops. This produces light spontaneous rain showers on occasion that adds to the ambiance.
A small hot air balloon is also available to take two people up to 60 meters high inside the dome. Other attractions includes; a large beach, a lagoon with waterfalls, a whirlpool and a camping ground.
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