Friday, June 10, 2005
Terraforming Is Nothing To Sneeze At.
The story gives new relevance to W.C. Fields' remark that he wouldn't drink water because fish swim in it.
It's also a humbling lesson for would-be terraformers about the immense complexity involved in creating new ecosystems on other planets.
To cite one example, it's gonna take a lot more than melting the ice caps and planting some hardy vegetation to make a living planet out of Mars. If the theory that Mars started out warm and wet and wonderful is true then God was the first terraformer of Mars. Looking at the results today, it's hard to judge that he did a very good job of it. I wonder how much better a job we can do. I mean, who'd have thought there'd be a need in the life-cycle for giant floating snot balls?