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Tropical Paradise Inspires Virtual Ecology Lab

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Data Heaven: Moorea

Moorea is one of the most studied ecosystems in the world. Myriad data collected over four decades will be used to build a digital replica of the island that includes varied geography, its climate, and all of its plant and animal life.

Credit: Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Corbis

A paradise on Earth could soon become the first ecosystem in the world to be replicated in digital form in pain­staking detail, from the genes of its plants and animals to the geography of its landscape.

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