A few quick biology questions

Bernard Heymann bheymann at bragg.bio.purdue.edu
Sun Feb 27 11:38:31 EST 1994


In article <lbjostad-250294173133 at bjostad1.agsci.colostate.edu>,
lbjostad at ceres.agsci.colostate.edu (Lou Bjostad) wrote:

> In article <CLsx43.MzE at hawnews.watson.ibm.com>, cliff at watson.ibm.com
> (cliff) wrote:
> > 
> > 1.  Given a large ark containing 2 individuals of every animal species          
> > in the world, what would be the approximate total weight of all the             
> > organisms? (Is this more than the weight of the Empire State Building
> > in New York City?) How would your answer differ if you included every
> > plant, bacterial, and fungal organism? 
> 
> Most metazoans are insects (about 0.1 gram per individual), and there are
> about 1 million insect species.  This is about 100 kg, which is not much. 
> The blue whales would clearly be your champions in the weight department. 

By the way, whales live in water :-)

-- 
Bernard Heymann
bheymann at bragg.bio.purdue.edu



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