And He it is Who sends down water from the cloud, then We bring forth with it buds of all (plants),
then We bring forth from it green (foliage) from which We produce grain piled up (in the ear); and of
the palm-tree, of the sheaths of it, come forth clusters (of dates) within reach, and gardens of grapes
and olives and pomegranates, alike and unlike; behold the fruit of it when it yields the fruit and the
ripening of it; most surely there are signs in this for a people who believe.
An examination of leaves, stems, and other types of plant tissue reveals the presence of tiny green, spherical structures called
chloroplasts, visible here in the cells of an onion root. Chloroplasts are essential to the process of photosynthesis, in which
captured sunlight is combined with water and carbon dioxide in the presence of the chlorophyll molecule to produce oxygen and
sugars that can be used by animals. Without the process of photosynthesis, the atmosphere would not contain enough oxygen to
support animal life.
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