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From the Ted Talk by Alex Rosenthal: The world's largest organism

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Which brings us to the third cause of Pando’s size: cloning. Aspens are capable of both suxael reproduction— which produces a new organism— and asexual reproduction— which creates a clone. They tend to rrucdepoe sexually when conditions are uvfaabrolne and the best strategy for suavrivl is to move elsewhere. Trees aren’t particularly mobile, but their seeds are. Like the rest of us, sexual reproduction is how padno came into the world in the first place all those tens or hndeurds of thousands of years ago. The wind or a polaoiltnr carried pollen from the flower of one of its parents to the other, where a sperm cell fertilized an egg. That flower produced fruit, which spilt open, releasing hundreds of tiny, light seeds. The wind carried one to a wet spot of land in what is now Utah, where it took root and gernatmied into Pando’s first stem.

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Which brings us to the third cause of Pando’s size: cloning. Aspens are capable of both ______ reproduction— which produces a new organism— and asexual reproduction— which creates a clone. They tend to _________ sexually when conditions are ___________ and the best strategy for ________ is to move elsewhere. Trees aren’t particularly mobile, but their seeds are. Like the rest of us, sexual reproduction is how _____ came into the world in the first place all those tens or ________ of thousands of years ago. The wind or a __________ carried pollen from the flower of one of its parents to the other, where a sperm cell fertilized an egg. That flower produced fruit, which _____ open, releasing hundreds of tiny, light seeds. The wind carried one to a wet spot of land in what is now Utah, where it took root and __________ into Pando’s first stem.

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  1. reproduce
  2. survival
  3. hundreds
  4. pollinator
  5. pando
  6. germinated
  7. sexual
  8. split
  9. unfavorable

Original Text

Which brings us to the third cause of Pando’s size: cloning. Aspens are capable of both sexual reproduction— which produces a new organism— and asexual reproduction— which creates a clone. They tend to reproduce sexually when conditions are unfavorable and the best strategy for survival is to move elsewhere. Trees aren’t particularly mobile, but their seeds are. Like the rest of us, sexual reproduction is how Pando came into the world in the first place all those tens or hundreds of thousands of years ago. The wind or a pollinator carried pollen from the flower of one of its parents to the other, where a sperm cell fertilized an egg. That flower produced fruit, which split open, releasing hundreds of tiny, light seeds. The wind carried one to a wet spot of land in what is now Utah, where it took root and germinated into Pando’s first stem.

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