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Researchers Discover a Way to Grow a 500-Acre Forest in an Egyptian Desert

 

Have you ever heard of a forest in a desert?  Sure, when you’re thinking about an oasis, or another wonder of the world like that, but what about a human-engineered forest?  Not so much, right?  Well, you can’t say that again.  Researchers in Egypt have found a way to build thick forests in the desert that takes up so much terrain there.  Bringing in non-native kinds of trees like eucalyptus and mahogany, it’s intriguing to see that they can survive in this climate and do so well, too.  This is partly because there is a water filtration system in place that draws water to these living wonders, but it’s still exciting to think that there are trees – non-native trees to boot – growing in a desert due to man’s work with science to preserve the natural world.  It seems a little oxymoronic, yes, but our hearts are in the right place, which is what really counts, right?

Now we are all waiting to see just how far we can push this desert forest over the years.  If we work hard enough, will we be able to host all sorts of plant life in places that we weren’t before?  It would allow us to get a lot done in terms of preserving the environment, and the space is there to be used, anyway.  It makes you think, that’s for sure.

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Inhabitat, Deutsche Welle

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