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In 1960, David Latimer planted a spiderwort sprout inside of a large glass bottle, added a quarter pint of water, and then sealed it shut. He opened the bottle 12 years later in 1972 to add some water and then sealed it for good. The self contained ecosystem has flourished for more than 60 years. For those who are wondering how this is even possible: the garden is a perfectly balanced and self-sufficient ecosystem. The bacteria in the compost eats the dead plants and breaks down the oxygen that is released by the plants, turning it into carbon dioxide, which is needed for photosynthesis. The bottle is essentially a microcosm of earth.
Matt85 · 36-40, M
they need to do this on the moon
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@Matt85 Ummmm...yeah...not comparable...
Degbeme · 70-79, M
And to think that bottle could have been used to make wine. 🙄🤭
Carla · 61-69, F
More evidence that spiderwort is impossible to kill...
DeWayfarer · 61-69, M
Wait another 64 years!

It just might eat the seal and overflow out of the bottle! 🤣

That seal does decay BTW! You can see that it's already trying around the top of the seal.

In many ways this is a good representation of today's situation. Eventually even we will get out of the bottle of earth itself.
Fairydust · F
💯 we live under a firmament.

🌈
HumanEarth · 56-60, F
That's too cool or because really cool I'm spelling it Kewl

 
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