I remember being amazed upon hearing that aspen groves are often one single plant connected underground.  All these separate looking trees were actually the same plant!  Knowing this made walking through a grove of aspen take on a very different expereince.  I could feel how all of life is connected in ways I might not see.

What have you seen or learned in nature that gave you sense of connection?

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Some of the largest living organisms on earth are connected beneath the ground or underwater.

The Aspen tree forms large stands of genetically identical trees (technically, stems) connected by a single underground root system. These trees form through root sprouts coming off an original parent tree.  The largest known fully-connected Aspen is a grove in Utah nicknamed Pando, and some experts call it the largest organism in the world, by mass or volume.  It covers 106 acres and is estimated to weigh 6,000 tons.

A giant fungus called honey mushrooms in Oregon was found to span 2,200 acres (that’s 1,665 football fields), which would make it the largest organism by area.  Another plant that rivals these land colonies in size is a strand of the giant marine plant, Posidonia oceanica, discovered in the Mediterranean Sea.  It covers a band roughly 4.3 miles in length!

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