Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall 2014 2-Tier Terrarium Blogs

terrarium is a type of miniature ecosystem of plants. Terrariums are usually sealable glass containers that can be opened for maintenance and to access the plants inside. However, this is not essential, terrariums can also be made using other transparent materials and some are open to the atmosphere rather than being sealed. Terrariums are often kept as decorative or ornamental items in the same way as aquariums.
Closed terrariums create a unique environment for plant growth, the transparent walls allow for both heat and light to enter the terrarium. The sealed container combined with the heat entering the terrarium allows for the creation of a small scale water cycle. This happens because moisture from both the soil and plants evaporates in the elevated temperatures inside the terrarium. This water vapour then condenses on the walls of the container, and eventually falls back to the plants and soil below. This contributes to creating an ideal environment for growing plants due to the constant supply of water, thereby preventing the plants from becoming over dry. In addition to this, the light that passes through the transparent material of the terrarium allows for the plants within to photosynthesise, an important aspect of plant growth.

Kimberlee Parker, Angela Ly, and Kelsey Carr: Terrarium Blog 

Sanam, Peyton, Maddie : Terrarium Blog 

Hannah Lee, Kendall Omick and Karla Markowitz - tumblr blog

Caroline, Britt, and Mccall: Terrarium Blog 

Nhu-Nguyen, Katie, and Morgan : Terrarium Blog 

Marley Gastrock, Emily Murray , Hayley Feichtinger: Terrarium Blog