This is a very important moment in the narrative where our hero is introduced to the conduit, and its supervisor. It is sacred ground for the Addorites. There beliefs are deeply rooted in science and spirituality, and this is a place where those two realms are closest. Basically the Conduit is a basin where the raw cellular atmosphere is concentrated in a liquid form.
The Supervisor is a combination of a spirit guide, oracle, and Einstein character. They oversee the levels of the organic material that is allowed in the atmosphere as well as research new ways to apply the science.