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article imagePhoto Essay: World's biggest indoor rainforest Special

By Tim Sandle     Sep 27, 2014 in Travel
Saint Austell - The Eden project in Cornwall, England contains two fascinating biomes. One of the ecological centers contains a tropical wonderland. Digital Journal paid a visit.
In a recent photo essay, Digital Journal examined the outside area of the Eden Project, showing how a disused clay pit had been transformed into a beautiful complex of gardens, showcasing the best of south-west Britain. In a follow up piece, Digital Journal went "under the dome" to explore a biome dedicated to the delights of the Mediterranean. In a third, and final photo essay, Digital Journal reveals the wonders of second and largest biome. This structure creates the world's largest indoor rainforest.
The rainforest biome is very, very large. The two photos below give a sense of scale. The first shows the density of the rainforest and the second shows one of the many rambling walkways that direct visitors up and down throughout the immense structure.
A view of the rainforest from a canopy walk. The small hut in the image is a re-creation of one used...
A view of the rainforest from a canopy walk. The small hut in the image is a re-creation of one used by explorer Alfred Russel Wallace.
One of the many walkways within the rainforest biome. Visitors are encourage to take their time - th...
One of the many walkways within the rainforest biome. Visitors are encourage to take their time - there is plenty to see.
The covered biome is constructed from a tubular steel (hex-tri-hex) with mostly hexagonal external cladding panels made from the thermoplastic ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene)
This image gives an idea of the height.
Looking up from the floor of the rainforest biome.
Looking up from the floor of the rainforest biome.
The Tropical Biome, covers four acres and it measures 180 feet high, 328 feet wide and 656 feet long.
As people wander through the structure, there are many colorful plants.
A burst of color among the greenery. An interesting tropical plant.
A burst of color among the greenery. An interesting tropical plant.
The Eden Project includes environmental education focusing on the interdependence of plants and people; plants are labelled with their medicinal uses.
Eden Project: A burst of color from a rich mix of tropical plants.
Eden Project: A burst of color from a rich mix of tropical plants.
Around every corner of the rainforest biome there is something interesting to see.
Around every corner of the rainforest biome there is something interesting to see.
The rainforest biome used for tropical plants, such as fruiting banana trees, coffee, rubber and giant bamboo, and is kept at a tropical temperature and moisture level.
There are also a couple of waterfalls. This one is most impressive.
A very large indoor waterfall  sourced from rain water. Inside the Eden Proejct biome.
A very large indoor waterfall, sourced from rain water. Inside the Eden Proejct biome.
To add to the water theme, the toilet facilities at the Eden Project are all sanitized rain water that would otherwise collect at the bottom of the quarry.
The biome not only contains plants, there is plenty about the pioneers of rainforest exploration. Here, for example, is a re-creation of the seat used by explorer Francis Kingdon-Ward. Ward was an English botanist, explorer, plant collector and author.
The desk and chair of Francis Kingdon-Ward. He wrote 25 books  mostly accounts of his expeditions.
The desk and chair of Francis Kingdon-Ward. He wrote 25 books, mostly accounts of his expeditions.
Other aspects depict life in the rainforest, of explorers:
A recreation of a base camp used by Alfred Russel Wallace. Wallace was a British naturalist  explore...
A recreation of a base camp used by Alfred Russel Wallace. Wallace was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection
And of indigenous peoples.
Carvings in stone. The type of structures prepared by Amazonian people.
Carvings in stone. The type of structures prepared by Amazonian people.
There is also an ecological message. Part of the biome resembles an area of Amazonian rainforest cut down by developers.
An area of rainforest cut-down  designed to represent the loss of the world s rainforests to develop...
An area of rainforest cut-down, designed to represent the loss of the world's rainforests to development.
With the three photo essays, we have tried to capture the full range of what is on offer at the Eden project. Aside from the natural wonders, there are plenty of opportunities to relax, learn, eat and drink.
The Eden Project event brews its own craft beer. Digital Journal stopped for sample!
The Eden Project event brews its own craft beer. Digital Journal stopped for sample!
The Eden Project was conceived by Tim Smit and designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw. It opened to the public in the year 2001, and over time the are and variety of things on display have expanded.
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