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Re: [FH] Colonisation again (was Re: Sa'Vasku Colours)

From: Beth Fulton <beth.fulton@m...>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 10:54:59 +1000
Subject: Re: [FH] Colonisation again (was Re: Sa'Vasku Colours)

G'day Tom,

 >space - and with it the right to capture sunlight - can't really be
 >shared, and is the basic common currency of all life on terran-like
 >worlds, i would guess.

Yeah space is the one resource I think we'd always be competing for in
fashion. One of the planets I've been fiddling with though is actually 
based on chemosynthesis rather than photosynthesis (rather harsh place
you may have guessed) but fun watching how others react to having to
their frames of reference ;)

 >i get the impression that silicon can only do biology at very high

Ich, well there goes that idea! Unless of course that in itself left
great swathes of area that that life couldn't exploit.... mmm maybe...

 >i don't think there are any other serious contenders for the basic
 >of life,

The "we can only imagine carbon based life, because that's what we are 
catch"... thought maybe the early evolutionary guys may have beaten that

one when I wasn't looking, oh well. Obviously the problems with Si
be compounded for germanium, tin and lead (even ignoring the toxicity 
issues of the later two) right? So lattice wise guess C would be the

 >although i have sometimes wondered about nitrogen-phosphorous

That's not a half bad idea. They don't have the same lattice formation 
abilities as C, but they obviously work in a life formation context, so
do their close analogs go, say boron? Mmm wish I knew more biochemistry!

<Settle pre-land life planet>
 >well, apart from our impact on the atmosphere and water cycle, which
 >be considerable.

An impact true and potentially a large one, guess it depends on the 
prevailing conditions and how advanced treatment plants etc are by then.

For instance even on Earth if you're a small island nation (say) in a
flow area you could dump untreated human/organic waste straight into the

sea with no noticeable impact as the deposit feeders and physical
would see it broken down before it could accumulate, its only when you
high density settlements in low flow areas that the problems really
up in that area. Ecosystems have a lot of give in them and even when
too hard they still function perfectly as an ecosystem just not
the one they used to be (or one that still allows the presence of man), 
guess it would come down to how strongly the public of the time felt
regard to the modification of the evolution of another planet.

Better stop musing and get back to work.

Have fun


Elizabeth Fulton
c/o CSIRO Division of Marine Research
GPO Box 1538
Phone (03) 6232 5018 International +61 3 6232 5018
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