[LMB] [OT] Barrayaran Terraforming - an example

Markus Baur baur at chello.at
Fri Dec 10 19:21:19 GMT 2021

yes .. but an explosion with shock wave might be something that is 
desired in some terraforming scenarios (for example if you want to knock 
down a forest)

and if you want to use radiation without a shock wave, you would use 
unshielded reactors - this would also have the advantage that you could 
irradiate a target area longer, delivering a much larger total dose



Am 10.12.2021 um 20:08 schrieb WILLIAM A WENRICH:
> Remember that an enhanced radiation weapon still generates a nuclear explosion. I saw a (very bad) movie about the bad guys setting off a neutron bomb and looting banks. They thought that they would be safe standing next to it wearing Mylar anti radiation suits.
> William A Wenrich
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> Subject: Re: [LMB] [OT] Barrayaran Terraforming - an example
> there were some speculation in serious SF on using enhanced radiation
> fusion weapons (aka neutron bombs) and unshielded nuclear reactors to
> clear land areas of life as preparation for terraforming ..
> the unshielded reactors would be something like this..
> https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FBREN_Tower&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cc21286e7ec834b33033208d9bc0f3220%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637747595718621926%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=EHaXayHOO0NnlRZGQzwa%2F0n3s0dkAhIEpg%2BkH%2BPo2HY%3D&reserved=0
> or the Tower Shielding Facility at Oak Ridge
> https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.osti.gov%2Fservlets%2Fpurl%2F303930&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cc21286e7ec834b33033208d9bc0f3220%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637747595718631886%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=yzbfLHHwDdc%2FcimMl1oIfr4%2BH%2FdEWNGkTQ2dg8LFaSk%3D&reserved=0
> For terraforming / land sterilisation purposes the tower most likely
> would not be as high at the BREN tower and mobile
> i could see two railroad tracks carrying two shorter towers, some
> distance apart - the reactor would shuttle on a cable car suspended
> between the two towers and the cable car would be moved from "left to
> right" (or vice versa) between the two towers to irradiate a "line" ..
> whenever a "line" was finished the towers would progress a bit along the
> rail tracks to start irradiating the next "line"
> servus
> markus
> Am 10.12.2021 um 08:36 schrieb Richard G. Molpus:
>> I ran across this video about a reclamation project in the Pacific Northwest. The effort is to remove non-native invasive plants and replace them with native species.
>> This is close to what Barrayaran's do when they terraform an area - the effort is about the same.
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