The Chranara's Microbe in the Sea

Prologue                                 

On the earth, the earliest forms of life known are bacteria like cells. How life was originally formed, however, is open to CELLcontroversy. Various creation accounts dating back thousands of years attempt to explain how life began.  A version well known in the Western world is the biblical account.  Many people consider creationistic views to be correct and believe that life is so complex that it must have been formed by divine intent.  Also, many believe that each form of life was created and did not evolve.  A more sophisticated outlook encompassing the findings of modern science is the so-called enthropic principle, which holds that the nature of the universe and the existence of life are causally related.

Introduction

The quality known as life is simple in Chranara. Just like most of the other planets, Chranara's life began in the ocean.  Chranara's oceans were rich in minerals from the millions of years of volcanic activity. Deep in the oceans, the first life forms emerged. These singlecell organisms could be found in the deposited lava rocks. Traces of most organisms are still found in parts of the Pantainia Ocean, they are near the warmer areas of the equator. There are living forms in the sea-- microbes have the properties of METABOLISM, GROWTH, and REPRODUCTION. Some non living objects in the sea can have some of these properties, but by no means are they considered to be alive.

cellsIn the early days...

The first singlecell organism on Chranara is called the Solomón. The Solomón changed itself into an unique mechanism for adaptation and survival. The Solomón produced a very special cell wall to adapt to their ocean surroundings. Under the temperature changes, the Solomón can change itself. Just like the cell division, this evolution process allows the Solomón to change to adapt to their new home. Although the changes are subtle, they happened so fast that changes can occur in a short period of time. These changes made the Solomón to withstand the new environmental changes.


Adaptation = Survival

Chranara experienced a period of intense earthquakes during this period. The continent was divided into 3 pieces which became- Suzanne, Barbara and Christy.  A lot of the singlecell organisms were relocated. Some have to change to be more aquatic, some surface organisms began to rely on each other for survival. Fortunately, most of the survivors emerged. On the new land, these survivors depended on the sunlight. Their next step was to mutate in order to use sunlight.

Reproduce and Survive

The cell wall was the first change that occurred. The old hard cell wall transformed to a soft shell. This new soft shell protected the organisms from dehydration and the extreme conditions (if apply). Another major change was the inclusion of chlorophyll in their cells. With the inclusion of chlorophyll, the organisms were able to make their own food by photosynthesis. With the inclusion of chlorophyll these organisms' population exploded. The shapes of the next generation were generally called  lightmóns. They had to stay near the surface, to get light. But their soft shell cell walls were made to be more aquatic. They stayed near the surface partly by storing energy as food, and partly by becoming long and skinny, which slowed their settling.

They  reproduced through cell fission. Later forms of the early Solomón and Lightmóns also reproduced through producing spores. These spores could immediately swim about.  They are more like the Lightmóns.

The earthquake happened less and less in the following decades. These conditions allowed new organisms to evolve. A lot of Lightmóns began to attach to each other during cell division. DNA from neighboring Lightmóns dividing at the same time became incorporated into new Light. These changes gave a new life to the aquatic plants. These multi-celled plants will be discussed in the next chapter.
 

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