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

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 19 07:54:02 BST 2021

I like deserts. They are fascinating places.

On Sat, Jun 19, 2021, 1:47 AM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>

> Gwynne: A word in defence of deserts.
> I know it's easy to look at them and say, "Wow, empty space to use."
> Obviously they lack the abundance of more temperate climates, but
> there's life there, there are complex ecologies, despite the conditions.
> There's a huge variety of hot and cold deserts, I'm just giving examples
> here from the hot deserts in my own country (since they are a major
> part of the continent.)
> There's life in the deserts. Tiny nocturnal creatures, insects, some small
> reptiles, and so on. Sparse and quiet, but it's there, a valid and balanced
> ecology.
> The deserts in the centre of Australia have an average rainfall of once
> every ten years.
> When that rain comes, seeds that have been buried in the ground for a
> decade germinate, grow and bloom very rapidly - the ground turns into
> a field of flowers. I've seen it, it's amazing.
> Lakes form. And tiny eggs that have been dormant in the ground for years
> hatch out in the water. Birds fly in from hundreds of kilometres away, or
> more.  For a few months abundant life flourishes.
> Then the water dries up, the plants send out a new generation of seeds,
> and wither away. The water creatures mate and lay their eggs in the mud,
> to lie dormant for the next decade or so, until the next rain.
> It's not like the flashy, showy temperate areas with their permanent flora
> and fauna. But it's life, it's an amazing ecology.
> Deserts aren't dead.
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