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

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 20 00:52:09 BST 2021


Two of my favorite places is Prescott Arizona and Santa Fe New Mexico. They
have every thing deserts and forests. Prescott is 128 miles from the Grand
Canyon. Which is just awesome.

On Sat, Jun 19, 2021, 1:31 PM Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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