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Essay on Fucus Spiral Research and Outcomes

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5. Discussion

As I reviewed the results and thought about the laboratory work up I came to the conclusion that I had to be careful with believing them.
There are some uncertain factors, which needed to be pointed out.
The first thing that came to my mind is, that during my measurements on the length of Fucus spiralis I was not sure which plants were complete and which not. This uncertainty comes from the way we sampled the Fucus spiralis. We had to hurry up and cut the plants with a knife but did not pay attention whether we were cutting the directly at the stipe or above.
Furthermore, we did not distinguish between fully grown plants and young ones.
This makes the results of the mean lengths not precise (in means of actual mean
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I think that this is a great example to explain how bad the influence of humanity on ecology can be and how important it is to act sustainably, because it shows the negative repercussions of a decision (to stop the dewatering of the mine) that took place over 200 years ago.
Thinking about the effects that those discharges might have in future, one has to take into consideration that at least the pH – level of water has changed from 3,3 pH (around 1800) to 6,1 pH (today) (Wilkinson 2011); an improvement can be recognized. Nonetheless, it is obvious that drainage water still has a great impact to organisms. It is necessary to think of methods to stop this pollution as it could lead to an extinction of organisms.

7. Analysis of the content
After talking about the project itself, it is now important to pay attention to the content itself. I therefore have selected some points that a worth having a closer look at. It is useful for a better understanding of the topic.

7.1 St. Monans and the abandoned coal mine

St. Monans is a village and is situated in the East Neuk of Fife. The village “has played an important role in the salt and coal industry for hundreds of years” (Angus 2002, 4).
With the beginning of industrialization, Sir John Anstruther and Robert Fall decided to establish the Newark Coal and Salt Company in 1771. One year later, in 1772, nine saltpans, a windmill, a
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