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TOTTORI — Scientists are now busy working in a gigantic new glass dome at the famous Tottori Sand Dunes, which silently covers a 16-km stretch of the Sea of Japan coast.

The glass dome, 15 meters high and 36 meters in diameter, and supported by metal framing, is an imposing sight. Inside is a 1,000-sq.-meter experimental space for scientists, where desert plants — the first such foliage in the dome — were added at the end of last month.

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