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Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass

If a blade of grass is cut in half and you looked at it with the naked eye, you'll see more green grass. But under a microscope, you’ll see tiny structures containing even tinier parts! 

 

 

Every blade of grass contains millions of plump elongated cells call chloroplasts. Their job is to make food because grass can't hunt for its food.  Their secret recipe is a combination of sunlight and carbon dioxide which creates energy!  A pigment called chlorophyll is what gives grass it's green color and you all know that green is our favorite color!!

 

 

But the "grass isn't always greener on the other side."  In the winter and sometimes even in the summer, it can turn brown or yellow.  That's because there is less chlorophyll in the cells which decreases its energy.  The grass is still alive, just dormant and will "spring" back in the springtime when a combination of light, water and carbon dioxide make new cells full of chlorophyll…and the cycle continues.

So the next time you are out in nature, take off your shoes and ground yourself in the "Splendor of the Grass!"

 

 

 

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