[LMB] OT: Practice for terraforming Beta Colony on Earthly deserts.

markus baur baur at chello.at
Tue Jun 15 16:12:22 BST 2021

consider how long it took for the dead sea project to take off .. purely 
for political reasons


one of the problems of the quattara is that the area is still VERY 
extensively mined (courtesy of ww2) and any construction and use of the 
land will be thus very expensive

otoh the quattara project could produce a lot of electric power and/or 
desalinated water ..



On 15.06.2021 16:40, Pouncer via Lois-Bujold wrote:
> Practice for terraforming Beta Colony on Earthly deserts.
> Matt G. breaks hearts, declaring:
>  >Colonize the Sahara, Gobi, Antarctica, and the
>  >continental shelves.  Then talk to me about space.
> I almost agree.  And were technical/engineering
> challenges the only obstacles to colonization,
> Matt's position would be unassailable.  Sadly, politics
> make Space EASIER than any of those more accessible
> Sites.
> Consider the politics of the many proposals to terraform
> the Sahara by building a canal from the Mediterranean Sea
> to the Qattara Depression.  A new inland sea would
> lower sea Levels elsewhere. GOOD!  But water absorbs
> more sunlight Than sand, so increases "global warming".
> BAD! But clouds!  Uhmmm....!  More water And less desert
> means more green stuff for Africa's wild animals. GOOD.
> And for farmers and ranchers to feed more people. BAD.
> (On the Theory that "more people" always means OVER-population.)
> It's a giant "infrastructure" project that would
> create jobs. GOOD! For brown and black skinned people.
> UHmmmm !  It's pure 19th century engineering, no new
> tech required.  GREAT! It would take lots of energy,
> meaning fossil fuels, meaning more competition for
> those fuels, meaning higher energy prices all over the
> rest of the world -- AND higher CO2 emissions.  TERRIBLE!
> Of the dozens of teams running hundreds of computer
> "climate models" none have, I think, ever modeled the
> effects of an inland sea in that location.     SAD!
> In any case, attempting to "bust sod" and bring water
> and plant seeds and wrest a profit from the land is
> "colonization" which is completely condemned by all
> correctly-taught political theorists.  We barely use the
> term with regard to orbit or Luna or Mars lest we
> bring unwanted attention to the projects.
> Running one of Musk's super-heavy rockets back and
> forth to Luna once-a-month starts to look pretty simple
> by comparison. Particularly once he moves ground based
> operations out of California. Work around the existing
> regulatory constraints.  Bribe past a few others. Ignore
> nearly all the rest of the nations of the world. And solve
> a few petty little technical engineering wrinkles that
> have bedeviled geniuses from Goddard to VonBraun to
> Tsiolkovsky. No biggie, just takes months and money... And
> a legacy from Steve Jobs:  the reality cloaking device
> that makes investors see things that aren't there and
> overlook other things that are. Easy peasy lemon squeazey.

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