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The Eden Project: The World’s Largest Greenhouse - St. Austell, England

As the millennium approached, the sleepy former mining town of St. Blazey needed a futuristic update. For fifty years, a clay mine on the edge of the English town had slowly been abandoned, until in the late 1990s when a new concept was proposed for the area called Project Eden.

After the deep depression left from the mine was filled in with thousands of tons of soil, construction began and the two largest greenhouses in the world were created over two and a half years. Inside the hexagonally-patterned biomes are over one million different plant species, each one reflecting the climates of their respective biomes.

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