This miniature ecosystem has been thriving in an almost completely isolated state for more than forty years. It has been watered just once in that time.
The original single spiderwort plant has grown and multiplied, putting out seedlings. As it has access to light, it continues to photosynthesize. The water builds up on the inside of the bottle and then rains back down on the plants in a miniature version of the water cycle.
As leaves die, they fall off and rot at the bottom producing the carbon dioxide and nutrients required for more plants to grow.
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Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, right, and Neil Olshey, the team’s general manager, pose with the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy after Lillard won the 2012-2013 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year award on May 1, 2013 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon.
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Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets goes up for the shot against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2013 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
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