There's finally an explanation for the giant dirt pyramid on Apple's new campus

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As Apple's $5 billion "spaceship" campus in Cupertino, California has started to take shape, an enormous pyramid of dirt has risen beside it.

Now we know why: none of the dirt excavated to situate Apple's new office will be removed from the 175-acre campus.

Instead, all the earth Apple dug up will become part of the building's landscaping, which will eventually resemble a natural forest.

"Hard to know which is more beautiful, the building or that pile of dirt," CEO Tim Cook told Vogue.

Apple's 12000-person campus is expected to be completed this year. Major landscaping -- building the dirt pyramid – was completed in 2014. Employees are expected to move in to their new offices in early 2017.

The process of building the campus started in 2009, and former CEO Steve Jobs said that Apple had "a shot at building the best office building in the world." Apple partnered with architect Norman Foster to design the building, which heavily features curved glass in the design -- over four miles, according to Foster.

But as important to Jobs as the building was the campus' larger landscape. When finished, the campus will be covered with natural and native grasses and trees.

Here's another look at the giant dirt pile:

Dirt Pyramid Wide

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Here's what Apple's campus will look like when it's finished, according to design renders:

Apple Campus

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There's finally an explanation for the giant dirt pyramid on Apple's new campus

1. When Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, the crowd erupted with applause and cheer as he walked back on stage for the first time.

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2. The introduction of the first iMac was a milestone for Apple. It was the first computer that seemed cool and not focused on the enterprise. The crowd ate it up.

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3. The crowd went nuts when Jobs demonstrated how WiFi works back in 1999.

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4. Jobs showed the world the iPod for the first time at an intimate event in 2001.

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5. Conference attendees went ballistic when apple unveiled the iPhone in 2007.

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6. He even prank called Starbucks on stage and ordered 4000 lattes to show how well phone calls worked on the iPhone.

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7. Apple debuted the iPad in 2010 at half the price most people expected.

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8. One of Jobs' most memorable "one more thing" announcements was the first Facetime demo in 2010.

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9. Jobs perfectly summed up the company's approach to mobile with a simple image of a street sign.

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10. Apple CEO Tim Cook used Jobs' famous "one more thing" line for the first time when he unveiled the Apple Watch.

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11. When Apple bought Beats Electronics for $3 billion last year, Dr. Dre and renowned record executive Jimmy Lovine were brought on as official Apple employees.

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