The world’s smallest oldest surviving ecosystem.
A garden in a huge bottle, planted by David Latimerin in 1960 was last
watered in the year 1972 before it was tightly sealed.this maybe perhaps
the smallest oldest surviving ecosystem in the world. For the last 40 years
it has been completely sealed from the outside enviroment. David Latimerin, 80,
from Crenlengh in Survey wanted to experiment how long the ecosystem wil
survive and to everybody’s amazement the little world is still thriving
entirely on recycled air, nutrients and water.
The only extrnal thing fed to this botled-garden was light without which
there wud be no energy for plants inside to create their own food and
continue to grow.
it is still absorbing light it can photosynthsize, the process by which
plants convert sunlight into the energy they need to grow.
David Latimerin said –
” It is 6ft from a window so gets bit of sunlight. It grows towards the
light so it gets turned round every so often so it grows evenly.Othrwise,
it’s the definition of low-maintenance. I have never pruned it, n it seems
to have grown to the limits of the bottle.”
Other than that this is an entirely self-sufficient ecosystem, with the plant
and bacteria in the soil working together.