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GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A group of scientists are laying the groundwork for restoring a huge wetland systematically destroyed by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein should U.S. troops successfully invade Iraq.
The project is called "Eden Again" because of the belief by many biblical scholars the Bible's "Garden of Eden" was located in the region.
Professor Thomas Crisman, a wetlands expert at the University of Florida, is a member of the task force of about 10 scientists who met in early February in Los Angeles.
"We starting off with the basics," Crisman said. "We're trying to figure out, 'Can we restore the ecology, and can we restore the culture of the people who lived in these marshes?'"