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

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 20 08:34:36 BST 2021


Each desert across the world has a unique ecosystem. They are more then
life less pieces of land.

On Sat, Jun 19, 2021, 8:11 PM Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:

> I liked Bombay Beach, near the Salton Sea, when I was out there with my
> brother this last Christmas.  If I'd known how to get there (and remembered
> its name) we'd have gone to Slab City out there, too.
>
> Bombay Beach is a little like a post-apocalyptic hippie commune, at least
> to look at.
>
> On Sat, Jun 19, 2021 at 6:59 PM Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > 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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