Small Wonders of the Natural World
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Here's a collection of amazing, wonderful, and sometimes humbling facts. If you have a favorite bit of science or garden trivia to share, please email them in.
To make one pound of honey, bees must tap 2 million flowers.
Earthworms are 72 percent protein and less than 1 percent fat. If they were prescribed as the only food in your diet, you'd probably lose weight. (If it were left to me, I think I'd pass.)
Water going up tree trunks travels at 150 feet per hour.
In a single season a large elm tree makes about 6 million leaves.
The bark of a sequoia tree is almost as fireproof as asbestos.
The petals of the orchid Tricoceros parviflorus imitates a certain female fly so perfectly that the male fly of the species will attempt to mate with it. In so doing, it pollinates the orchid.
There are over 500 varieties of carnivorous plants that eat any kind of meat from insect to beef and use many cunning methods to capture their prey, including tentacles, stickly hairs, and funnel-like traps. (Source: "Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh" by Matthew Fox)
Even as a child, George Washington Carver was known for his ability to heal sick plants and to discover what plants could heal sick animals. He said, "All flowers talk to me and so do hundreds of little living things in the woods. I learn what I know by watching and loving everything." Carver created hundreds of products from the peanut and the sweet potato, including peanut butter, axle grease, cosmetics, and printer's ink. He said, "If you love it enough, anything will talk to you."
The total length of roots and root hairs of a single rye plant is 7,000 miles. the roots grow over 3 miles per day in search of microorganisms.
There are prairie grasses in the Midwest whose roots are 10,000 miles long.
relief from the heat?
Talking about heat relief, termites build mounds up to 15 feet high. The mounds are oriented to the sun and face east-west in order to catch morning and evening warmth while minimizing noonday heat. They also contain elaborate ventilation systems, including air-cooling chimneys.
Bamboo can grow 3 feet in 24 hours.
Squashes have been measured to exert a lifting force of 5,000 pounds per square inch.
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