Soar through a hurricane on the wing of a research aircraft, rise gently through the atmosphere atop a weather balloon, or search for a hidden underwater cave on a side trip from a NOAA submersible. These and other virtual adventures are attracting large numbers of "avatars," or virtual selves, to one of the first
government-sponsored, Earth-science "islands" in the rapidly growing online world of Second Life. NOAA´s Earth System Research Lab (ESRL) developed the site for users to have the experiences in the virtual world they may not have in the physical world, and learn about the cutting-edge science that...

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