A Desert Full Of Dreams

The ruddy dirt road cuts through plains of black basalt stretching to the horizon. This harsh finger of land is part of the Badia, which encompasses 85% of Jordan and borders the furnace of the Arabian desert. It is semi-arid, with less than eight inches of annual rainfall. As brutal as it is, the Badia may be the key to Jordan's future. So dozens of government scientists and laborers, and employees of private companies are coming here, searching for ways to make it bloom.

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