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Nature The Absolute Survivor!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

/ by Sajjad Sarwar
A crazy idea resulted in a well-oiled ecosystem!

David Latimer, an amateur gardener, had wonderful idea to grow a plant in a bottle and then seal it forever. Actually he put spiderwort plants into a bottle garden ("terrarium") in 1960, watered it in 1972, and then sealed the bung. The plants have been living, thriving even, in their own ecosystem since.

Now the portable bottle garden is almost 54 years old and is still flourishing in its own closed ecosystem.

Is that possible...well of course!

Having access to light through the glass, it continues to photosynthesize. The water builds up on the inside of the bottle as condensation and then drips back down on the plants in a miniature version of the water cycle. As leaves die, they fall off and rot at the bottom producing the carbon dioxide and nutrients required for more plants to grow.

The amazing plant created its own ingenious ecosystem to survive.

If you want to see how you will make your own glass garden that will remain alive without water for hundreds of years see the video below.
This exceptional story has started to attract the interest of serious researchers at organizations like NASA, who are interested in the case as same sort of mechanism may have to be used to provide for the needs of colonies on Mars or Moon.

Such a simple experiment may have answers for the future! As Earth's population increases dramatically may be this could be the answer to future lack of nutrition and not that far as Mars but in the deserts here on Earth! I am sure that won't be that easy but having scientists working on solutions reassures me!

It has filled in my appetite for growing food and flowers!!!

Credits: nollyvines, Grace Bonney

Share this tiny miracle with others and inspire them to do their own!

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