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Graves That Save

Forget coffins. The future of death is liquid nitrogren, mushrooms, and floating urns.

Natural Burial: The effort to make human death itself more sustainable.

Just past the perimeter of Joshua Tree Memorial Park’s manicured green lawns sit acres and acres of undeveloped desert. Joshua trees, so named by Mormon settlers for their purported resemblance to the biblical Joshua—his hands reaching toward the heavens in prayer—dot the rugged landscape, but a few hundred feet to the east stands a simple rectangular fence, marking off what, from a distance, looks like nothing at all.

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