Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Eden Project

The Eden Project opened to the public in 2001 and attracts almost a million visitors each year but it’s much more than a tourist attraction.

The Project was built on the site of an old china clay pit and created a home for some of the world’s most important plant species.

These plants can be found in a number of different biomes. A biome – sometimes called an ecosystem – is a community of plants and animals that exist together in a particular climate. The two huge biomes at the Eden Project represent tropical and Mediterranean environments and are housed in huge greenhouses made of special materials. A third biome is uncovered and represents the temperate regions of the world.

Scientists at the Eden Project work to ensure rare and endangered plants are cared for and protected. They may even pollinate the plants by hand to ensure the survival of the species.

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