How do non-living things grow?

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  • 8 years ago
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    For the most part, they don't. You can have some special cases, though, like mineral deposition. Stalactites grow in caves, because of water dripping from the ceiling in a specific spot. With every drop, a tiny bit of minerals is left behind. Repeat over hundreds of years, and a stalactite will grow.

    Stars can grow, too. Normally, a star fuses hydrogen into helium at its core. When a star gets old and begins to run out of hydrogen in the core, it begins to fuse hydrogen in its outer layers. This causes the star to grow into a red giant - it doesn't actually put on mass, but it decreases in density, expanding outwards. Our sun will probably begin to grow like this in about 5 billion years.

    So, except for a few special cases, non-living things tend not to grow.

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  • 3 years ago

    Non Living Things That Grow

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  • Living things grow and evolve. Dead things breakdown and form new life, which then grows and evolves. Think of a leaf, if the leaf is on the tree, it will continue to grow and evolve until it dies for whatever reason, at which point it begins to rot because the cells in it are no longer supplying nutrients into the leaf. Then the leaf breaks down into smaller particles. So in a way, non-living things evolve by giving new life to something else. This is called Decomposition, which means that something that is dead, breaks down into a simpler form providing life and nutrients for something else, which can be seen as a form of evolution, and therefore growth.

    So the answer to this question is, non-living things don't grow, so much as provide the nutrients for growth in other living organisms, even if its just fungus, or insects.

    Hope this helped.

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  • Timi
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    4 years ago

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    Im not entirely sure what the question is, but non living things do grow. If we are talking in a biological sense, then your hair and nails grow, even though they are classed as dead tissue, because the tisuue at the tips of them (in the case of your hair, it would be your hair folicles) are growing, and therefore push more out. If we are talking in a geographical kind of sense, then things like mountains do 'grow'. The himilayas for example are 'growing', its at a very slow rate, but it could be classed as growth as they are being pushed upwards due to the plate techtonics. Other ways in which things grow is in the physics sense, when you freeze water, it 'grows' bigger, hence the existance of things such as freeze thaw weathering.

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  • 8 years ago

    Basically, living thing grow from the inside , out.

    Non-living things grow by adding to their outside. Examples: crystals , snowballs, icicles, stalactites.....many more examples.

    Of course non-living things grow (meaning increasing in size), but don't do it the same way as living things.

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  • 8 years ago

    they don't grow because non leaving thing ex: if u have any wood table look at it every day is it growing measure it then see

    it will not grow right because it is non leaving thing but tree wood is leaving thing!

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  • NQS
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    8 years ago

    living things are classified under:

    Plant kingdom.........live.,grow& die.........will have cycle of life and death

    Animal kingdom......live..grow & die.............................do..................

    non-living things ...do not live..do not grow do not die but, get destroyed , change of form occurs

    eg. concrete towers/ buildings/bricks/dead wood etc

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    They don't

    Source(s): LIFE
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  • 8 years ago

    they dont, if you are refering to plants then they grow becuse they are alive!

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