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Planet Nearer: The Second Expedition

Vivian Cruz, Saskia Guerrier, Eurie Kim

Like the other group who went to Planet Nearer last time, we agree with their categorization "Ground," "Above Ground", and "Above 2 feet."

Under the Ground category, we found 3 subtypes: A, B, C. Subtype A was 5 cm in height (on average), thin (.2 cm), and stiff. The coloring of subtype A was that of green and manila-ish, which could show aging and growth of this plant type because up-close with the magnifying glass, the texture proved to be similar. Subtype B had clover-like leaves about a 1 cm in width, and although we found another kind of plant that looked slightly different at a bigger scale, it looked the same (texture-wise) up-close. It was veiny and wrinkly. Subtype C was less than a millimeter in height (from the ground), and it was dark green and wrinkly.

Under the Above Ground category, we found 3 subtypes, as well: D, E, F. They all looked similar at a bigger scale, but when we looked at the leaves up-close, they were actually different in texture. D was waxy and its leaf size was about 3 by 6 cm, while E did not have that same waxy look and was 8 by 5 cm in size. E was grainy up-close and was 3 by 5 cm in size.

Under the Above 2 feet category, we found 4 subtypes: G, H, I, J. We actually found several trees that looked different at a bigger scale, but when looked up-close, they had similar traits, leading us to believe that these plant types were showing growth and development in age. Subtype G was rough, and had 1-cm cracks, rocky. Subtype H had 1-2 cm deep frail layers, was sandy in texture, and had 3-cm cracks. Subtype I had many branches and had furry, spiky, rough leaves, while Subtype J had weird horns growing on its leaves and had a bumpy, rough bark.

While the other group focused on height, texture, shape, and color, we focused more closely on height and texture because of the tools we were provided with.

From these observations, we can say that at a smaller scale, we found more similarities within the plant life on Planet Nearer. And these similarities showed that plants could grow and age differently.


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