3D project to record John Muir’s birthplace

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A transatlantic project will digitally document the homes of the Dunbar-born conservationist John Muir in 3D using cutting edge technology.

The announcement was made by First Minister Alex Salmond in New York on Sunday during a visit to the United States where Muir is revered as an environmentalist and considered to be the founder of its national parks.

As people on both sides of the Atlantic celebrate the 175th anniversary of Muir’s birth in 2013, Mr Salmond said the conservationist’s birthplace in Dunbar and his home in Martinez, California, would be captured in virtual form in a new partnership to help promote his life and work in the Year of Natural Scotland.

Muir, whose family emigrated to America when he was a boy, campaigned to save the Yosemite and Sierra from agricultural development, and founded the renowned Sierra Club conservation organisation.

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