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

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Sat Jun 19 19:27:27 BST 2021


So do I.  In a lot of ways I'd love to live in the Southwest United States.

On Sat, Jun 19, 2021 at 2:59 AM Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I like deserts. They are fascinating places.
>
> On Sat, Jun 19, 2021, 1:47 AM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > 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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