Saturday, 24 August 2013

Fascinating graph of life

How does life on land differ from life in the oceans? Answer: Dramatically!!

How do plants differ from animals and micro organisms, by the number and mass of species? Even more dramatically! Incredible, in fact.

This is one of the most bizarre graphs I have seen, from a book "Evolution of the Biosphere", by MM Kamshilov, translated from Russian to English by Minna Brodskaya. Mir Publishers, Moscow, 1972.

Life on Land

Matter Green Plants Animals and Micro organisms
Tons * 10^12 2.4 0.02
Percentage 99.2 0.8

Life in Oceans

Matter Green Plants Animals and Micro organisms
Tons * 10^12 0.0002 0.003
Percentage 6.3 93.7


Post script: This is my first HTML hack on my blog, to include the table.

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