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Planet Nearer Revisited

Ashley Savannah

Kerlyne Jean

Paige Safyer

Darwin’s Exploration Extended

In our second visit to planet nearer we decided to approach it from a small scale to see if the amount of diversity would change and gather any other new observations. Our initial thoughts were that there would be more diversity on a smaller scale, but after sorting through our observations we have come up with a summary that there are more similarities among the different groups when looked at from a smaller scale.

When we reexamined group G we found that it was made up of flat parallel lines, which numbered ten or more and stood about eight centimeters high. Under group G we discovered a new form of life which we named M. This substance was fuzzy and grew very close to the ground; it seemed almost embedded underneath G.

When we looked at P from a smaller scale we found that the specimen was very closely packed together. P had once central tube that connected about eleven flat, green, paper-like objects, covered with three lines visible to the human eye. When we looked through the magnifying glass we were able to see polygon like structures and specs covering these objects. We also noticed that there was a cluster of nodules connected to the central tube of the plant which also had lines on them.

T1 was made up of many small brown tubes. When we examined these tubes underneath the magnifying glass what we saw was similar to the pattern on the objects connected to P. The flat, paper-like objects connected to T1 were small, green and pear shaped. They also had lines and smaller polygon like structures on them. Looking at T1B under the magnifying glass also showed polygon like structures on the brown tubular structure and the green paper like objects connected to it. We also found many differences between these two structures. The parts of T1B were more closely packed together and the paper-like objects were larger with a fuzzy texture with lines that could be seen by the human eye.

T2 had a smaller structure, and only consisted of one brown tubular structure. Its flat, paper-like objects were smooth to the touch and also made up of polygon like structures. T3 was very similar to T2 but the tubular like structure was much larger and thicker. Its leaves were a lot smaller than T2 but still contained the polygon design.

We learned a lot from our second expedition to planet nearer. We would like to examine it from an even smaller scale to see if we could find more diversity. It was really interesting to see how much more we noticed the second time around.


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