Climate control

I decided to look up the National Geographic website to find my topic.  I chose the “Climate Control” subject.  It talks about the effect of elevation and climate on how plant life grows.  I am  going to talk about climate control for a mountain.  At the bottom elevation there are deciduous  trees like maple, oak, ash, etc.  As the elevation increases the plant life changes.  For every 300 feet of elevation the temperature is reduced by one degree. Since many plants cannot thrive in cold temperatures, they cease to grow at certain elevations.  If you look at my diagram, you will see how elevation changes affect the plant life.

 

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Bio-Plastics

For my project I am doing Bioplastics, Bioplastics is another kind of plastic that is healthier for our environment  and why is it? Well it is a biodegradable plastic. There are different ways you can make this amazing plastic. I have made three different types of bioplastics as you can see right here.  I made these three different types of bioplastics to experiment which type would be the most durable and the best plastic. People today are already making some of the stuff that we use today like plastic cups, silverware and other sorts of stuff out of bio plastics.  I think we could use bioplastics in our future for a healthier life.   

 

The way this helps is that it bio degrades as I have already said.  The reason why this is a big deal is that just normal plastic ends up in the ocean, lakes and bays wear sea creatures of course eat it and die.  So, a new solution we make all this plastic that gets dumped in our waters and kill creatures and change it to biodegradable plastic. This would make our earth a whole lot healthier and reduce the amount of pollution. The biggest challenge facing the bioplastic industry today is finding a bioplastic recipe that will decompose in lower temperatures, since many bodies of water do not reach high enough temperatures to facilitate the decomposition process.  I encourage you to pass this information on to others so our world can be healthier.

 

will this be a product used in our future?

how will they make it?

how would it efect our earth?

Dragon project

We have been doing research on dominant and recessive traits, and some of the genetic traits.  First I will start with Big T and little t.  The Big T stands for the dominant trait and the little t stands for the recessive trait.  Dominant and recessive genes effect genetic traits of when two couples have a child. This child’s traits are made from the mom and the dad’s genetics. So far in this project we had two coins, on each sides of the coins their was big T and little t. We flipped both coins and saw what genetics we got.  So, for example, big T and maybe another T which would be both dominant. We flipped and flipped several times to get all the info to make our own 3D Dragons. I would say this was fun to learn about the Genetics, so yea.

Fish Life Cycle

This week was a bit wacky so we did not do much. So i’m just going to do the life cycle of the fish and explain it in steps a little.  their is six stages in this cycle so, the first stage of a fishes journey is a typical way how a fish starts,  a fish starts, as an egg clumped with other eggs. The eggs are fertilized from a male and female fish.  after that the eggs will hatch if it is at a right tempeture.  Their is also then the embryo stage. The embryo comes from the mother and it goes directly in to the blood.  The embryonic stage is found on the inside of the egg and out side. once the egg is hatched first the head will come out folowed by the tail. Once the hatched larvae will then emerg. larva stage has two steps pre-larvae and post-larvae. pre-larvae is when the yoke is still atached to the body and fish rely on the yoke. Zooplankton are among the usual dietery requierment for the post-larvae stage. then the juvenile will take place it now looks like a miniature adult although the color might look different than the Adult stage. Adault hood will begin when the reproduction is fully functional. It will begin with the maturing of gonad end when no longer  could reproduce. At this stage of its life its spine can take different colors of shades. The adulthood is the longest phase it can go for many years. The final stage is the senescence when it reproduces. The fish is at a very old spot it starts to slow down and then it stays alive for only few hours and it then will die. Well thats all of the stages that was tiering well thats all i got.

BACTERIA!!!!

Today we got given a homework, experiment. In this exciting experiment we the students got divided into groups, i got put into  a group of 4.  In this experiment we all have to take samples basically…so you have 4 stick thing’s with little cloth things at the ends well any way you take one stick dip it in boiling water then you take the stick and smear it on an object like a tv remote which will have lots of bacteria on it for the experiment. When you have the bacteria which is on the stick you will then open a container and smear on inside of the container the bacteria that sits on the sloth like part of the stick.  I had to do this for 4 objects so tomorrow i will have the container with the bacteria inside it and i think the plan is that i will hold the container up to the light and se all of the bacteria Oh i can’t wait to see what happens!

Yogurt

This week we did a yogurt lab.  In this lab we were trying to prove that the lactose is what the bacteria which eats the lactose.  If there was no lactose in the yogurt, their would be no yogurt because then the bacteria would not be able to eat up any of the lactose. The lactose comes from the milk which is the yogurt’s  main ingredient. So in this experiment all the groups had to replace the milk with a different liquid to prove that you need The lactose in the milk, so my group used apple cider to replace it.  We started out heating up the cider then we put it in a jar then put some other ingredients in it and we put it in the fridge to cool it down. The next day we took it out to see if it turned to yogurt but the results were negative; it did not turn to yogurt because  the bacteria had nothing to  eat  and curdle. This taught me even more about yogurt now.  This was a very fun experiment can’t wait till the next one.

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Carbon cycle

Without carbon, all life on earth would not survive.  If all carbon was gone from our  atmosphere temperature would drop as low as -30 C…now thats low!  Carbon effects our world in many ways like, the air, our breathing, plants, vegetation and even more.  Carbon is found in the atmosphere where fossil fuels are burned so, thats where carbon comes from but their is a lot more to go on with.  Ok so                                                                         when the carbon otherwise known as CO2 gives out carbon dioxide gas. It travels through the air and transfers into living organisms and then it transfers out.  When the carbon is inside an organism it forms key molecules like protein and DNA.  The way carbon effects vegetation is that in the flower it increases the photosynthesis with increases plant growth.  Carbon will also effect climate change if their is too much carbon in the air.

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Winery Field Trip, 10/20

On Thursday we took a field trip to the winery, where they make wine.  First, we got on the bus and drove there.  When we got off the bus, a man greeted us.  He took us on a tour of the place and showed us some very interesting things.  He took us to the vineyard where we saw row after row of grapevines.  He told us that on the vines there are primary and secondary grapes. The secondary grapes are usually located on the bottom of the vine.  They pick the primary grapes for the wine and leave the secondary grapes on the vines for the animals, like raccoons.  When they pick the primary grapes they put them into a crate.  When the crates are filled with grapes the crate weighs about 1000 pounds.  Fun fact about these grapes … there about 22 brix of sugar in every grape. Brix is a way of measuring potential alcohol content of a wine before it is made by determining the sugar level in the grapes.  After this we made our way to the building where the wine is actually made.  We watched a whole bunch of fascinating machines that process the grapes.  The steps of this process are 1) they get the 1000 pound crates and pour the primary grapes into a huge vat where the grapes are crushed and the grapes drain through a tube into another container.  This step also gets rid of any leaves and vines that were still attached to the grapes.  2) Next, the crushed grapes are put into another machine where the liquid is purified. 3) From there the workers take out the juice and put it into huge tanks that they seal once they are filled.  They add yeast, and some other stuff before they seal the tank to allow the juice to ferment into wine.  I found the following explanation online: “The role of yeast in winemaking is the most important element that distinguishes wine from grape juice. In the absence of oxygen, yeast converts the sugars of wine grapes into alcohol and carbon dioxide through the process of fermentation.”  This concluded our tour so we got some souvenirs, got on the bus and went back to school.  If I could ask three questions about anything, they would be:

  1.  How many bottles of wine do you make in a year?
  2. Which wine is the most popular?
  3. Who started the wine process?

 

 

MONKEY FACED ORCHID

Hello!  I am the Monkey-faced orchid.  You have probably have not heard of me because I am a rare kind of plant that lives in the Cloud Mountains of Peru and southeaster Ecuador.  I live in areas that are wet and not too hot.  You might be interested to know, though, that I am a perennial that can be grown indoors in a wide variety of climates.  If you decide to do this, be really patient because  from the time I germinate to the time I will actually bloom … yea, it can be up to seven years.  But not to worry, after I start blooming I will bloom continuously for almost 19 years!!  Another cool thing about me is that I smell really good — like fresh oranges.  No joke!!

Some people also refer to me as a Dracula orchid because of the long fang-like petal extensions I have, but I really prefer being called “Monkey”.

If I could ask any questions of a real monkey orchid I would ask:

  1. How many different kinds of monkey faced orchids are there?
  2. Is there a reason that you smell like oranges?
  3. How do you reproduce?
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