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Exam Question - Liverworts / Marchantiophyta

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Exam Question - Liverworts / Marchantiophyta

Postby Orca25 » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:22 am

Hey everyone,

Question regarding an exam i sat. I messed up a question and want to know whether you think it still deserves credit.

Question was: Draw, label and annote, and explain a type of plant you would expect to find at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Bearing in mind climate is cold, dry, not alot of rain, perma-frosts, uv light exposure etc.

I immediately thought of bryophytes, and for some reason liverworts. So drew a detailed diagram with labels and my explanation at the bottom. I was happy with my exam until afterwards going through lecture notes, it is not listed as a plant found in this kind of environment. Mosses (bryophyta) are found here though (it makes no mention of liverworts) and I'd mixed them up in terms of which is found where.. however still wondering if my answer is worthy of some credit given answer was thorough and demonstrated my knowledge of the plant. Lecture notes make no mention of liverworts in this environment, but from independent research i found they are commonly found in 'alpine' areas but do not cope well with high UV light exposure?

I'm a first year marine biology and ecology student at university, also any tips on how to think / write / approach exam essay questions with a scientific mindset would be appreciated I'm finding difficulty occasionally as my mind is tended towards the arts subjects.

Thanks for your help.
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Postby MichaelXY » Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:36 am

What was your reasoning for choosing bryophytes?
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Postby mith » Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:18 am

bad luck...
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Postby MichaelXY » Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:09 am

Mith, are you getting cynical? :)
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Postby mith » Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:49 am

complacent
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Postby AstusAleator » Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:26 pm

Well if you were correct in your descriptions of the plant (other than habitat) I think you at least deserve partial credit. The purpose of the question was to test more than your knowledge of habitat, it seems to me.
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