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Thursday, January 30, 2003



Martian Ecyosystem

Earth's complicated ecosystem.
Earth's complicated ecosystem.
Credit: Coral Cay Conservation
Chris Schubert sent us another exciting article. Entitled, Ecosystem, his article covers some of the problems terraformers may face when trying to duplicate Earth's complicated life. Here's a snippet:

Red Colony’s definition of terraforming is to transform a planet without life into a planet that can sustain plants and animals on the surface. But it is not enough to just be able to sustain living organisms on the surface. We need an ecological community together with its environment, functioning as a unit. We need an ecosystem. Some people may believe that “Mother Mars” would take care of that herself. But we are creating Mother Mars, instead of Mother Earth creating us as it was on Earth. There needs to be the correct balance of creatures, insects, and plants introduced to Mars or catastrophe would strike.


- posted by Alex @ 19:18 EST