Unit 1 Cells and Systems

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1.1 Observing Living Things

1.2 Amazing Survival Stories page 8-9

Amazing Survival Stories

Every living thing have a special feature to survive. For example, ducks have feathers that are oily so they won't absorb water and they will be dry and warm. The honey mushroom that is found in in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, is the largest living thing on earth. It can spread over 890 hectares and can be old as 2400 years. The honey mushroom have thread-like structrues that draws water and food out of the trees that are around it. The rhinoceros beetle can lift 850 times its own weight. Even if its smaller than an elephant it can lift more weight, because elephants can only lift up to one quarter of its weight. The rhinoceros lives on the jungle floor, so its feature helps it lift things in its way. In the open plains of southern and eastern Africa, the cheetah is fast and alert. It can run as fast as 100 km/h for a short time. This feature helps the cheetah catch its prey fast and easily. Every living thing around the world has its each special feature to survive in their environment.
Why are the feathers of a duck oily?
The feathers of a duck are oily so they don't absorb water, which makes the duck dry and warm.

Where would you find a honey mushroom?
A honey mushroom would be found in the Blue Mountains of easter Oregon.

How many hectares can a honey mushroom spread?
The largest honey mushroom spreads over 890 hectares.

How much weight can a rhinoceros beetle lift?
A rhinoceros beetle can lift 850 times its own weight.

How much weight can a elephant lift?
An elephant can lift one quarter of its own weight.

Which living thing can run about 100 km/h?
A cheetah can run about 100km/h.