[LMB] Chlorophyll

Markus Baur baur at chello.at
Sat Dec 25 17:24:54 GMT 2021


basically everything in the upper left quadrant of this diagram would be 
viable from an abundance point of view


i think the colour of the ersatz-chlorophyll would not only depend on 
the metal itself, but also what exactly the surrounding molecule is 
doing .. but i do not know enough about organic chemistry to make 



Am 25.12.2021 um 18:05 schrieb WILLIAM A WENRICH:
> So are there chemicals/elements as or more common than magnesium that could be used?
> William A Wenrich
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> On Sat, Dec 25, 2021 at 11:33 AM WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:
>> The plants on Barrayar (on topic for once) are red and brown instead of
>> green (Ekaterin remarked that a green Barrayan plant would be very sick.)
>> because the plants use a different chemical. This appears to be a common SF
>> trope but do we know of any other chemicals that would work?
>> Also the sky on other planets is written to be just about any color. Pink
>> or butterscotch on Mars?
> Sergyar's sky is apparently turquoise. Not sure what makes the greenish
> additions to the blue that comes from having an ozone layer.
> Some plants here on earth run to the reds - some just in fall, others also
> in spring and other times (thinking of Japanese maples). These plants have
> chlorophyll in the leaves, but also have lots of carotenoids.
> Now blood is red primarily because the hemoglobin includes a central iron,
> and chlorophyll has a central magnesium (I think that gives it the color,
> but I'm not a chemist). One could picture a planet that built its
> energy-collecting storage around a different element than magnesium and
> thus having a different base color, but again, I am NOT a chemist and I
> don't know how well the game works with other metals.
> ------ imagining a system where the plants picked arsenic to put at the
> core of their not-chlorophyll: definitely they'd be poisonous to earth
> critters. On the other hand, I don't think arsenic is ever likely to be as
> common as magnesium, so evolutionary attempts to use it would fail against
> other critters using magnesium. ------
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