Amazing Ecosystem. .. What's crazy to think about is, assuming that container is perfectly sealed, given enough time, the contents of the jar could evolve to a point where they behav
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User avatar #2 - superpats (03/11/2013) [+] (17 replies)
What's crazy to think about is, assuming that container is perfectly sealed, given enough time, the contents of the jar could evolve to a point where they behave on a completely different set of "rules" as the outside world.
User avatar #35 - matt leaf (03/11/2013) [-]
Soon a tiny civilization will form in there and he will be their god.
User avatar #1 - salai (03/11/2013) [+] (3 replies)
I wonder how it would smell if you opened the lid and how long the plant would survive outside it's miniature eco-system
#15 - yunablade (03/11/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Who took my jar of dirt!
#27 - felixjarl (03/11/2013) [-]
Comment Picture
#56 - xentacle (03/12/2013) [-]
....
#45 - stepsword (03/11/2013) [-]
"MY PRECIOUSSSSSSSS"
User avatar #32 - legayunicorn (03/11/2013) [-]
Repost in a bottle.
#49 - newtoast (03/11/2013) [-]
please, let me out!
#48 - MasterManiac (03/11/2013) [+] (2 replies)
The only reason it survives is because it essentially "eats" dead parts of itself and absorbing the necessary nutrients from it. If it weren't a plant, that would be some ****** up **** .
#22 - anonymous (03/11/2013) [+] (1 reply)
it was watered 2 times. I read the article.
User avatar #26 to #22 - iizsimon (03/11/2013) [-]
2 times? what an outrage!!1
#7 - pixar (03/11/2013) [-]
#43 - celestiasbeard (03/11/2013) [-]
I need that bottle
User avatar #52 - techketzer (03/12/2013) [+] (10 replies)
Guys, correct me if I'm wrong about this.

We're looking at a closed system.
We know the entropy inside it can only ever increase, which, according to the Gibbs-Helmholtz formula G = H-T*S inevitably leads to the decrease of free energy until it reaches a level too low to sustain life.

In short, though this system can sustain itself for very long time, it is inevitably doomed from the moment the cork is put in.
Kinda depressing.
#54 to #52 - techketzer (03/12/2013) [-]
Found the kink, it's not a closed system.
Heat and light can enter, which can raise both temperature and enthalpy.

So as long as there is an external power source, this plant may life indefinitely.
Derp.
User avatar #29 - jessieqwertyu ONLINE (03/11/2013) [-]
I have grass growing in a jar, its been in there for months, but just recently it started to get really mildew-y and now it looks nasty as **** . The grass is still just barely alive
User avatar #28 - cheezitman (03/11/2013) [-]
*cough* http://www.funnyjunk . com/funny_pictures/4395749/ ******* +Ecosystem/ *cough*
#8 - DeepSilver (03/11/2013) [+] (11 replies)
That lid must be a CO2 intake valve since plants need to get carbon somehow. You dont get molecules with photosynthesis only energy.
User avatar #18 to #13 - Einsty (03/11/2013) [-]
You can see plenty of carbon compounds in the lower third of the bottle. The same dirt also contains enough nitrogen and other organogenous elements and minerals to keep the plant growing.
#70 - crazyish (03/12/2013) [-]
You guys are all debating the merits of the ecosystem, and how such a thing is even possible, but I can't seem to get past the mad scientist looking hobbit holding the bottle. I mean come on, that man looks like science.
User avatar #20 - mynameisfoo (03/11/2013) [-]
one day in the distant future little living microorganisms will evolve from that plant (like a plant animal or whatever) and that man will be a god
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