Friday, April 20, 2007

Vol 3. Asteroidal - terraformation extract.

Terraformation (Following material extracted and edited from associated web page. Credit for original content go to original authors; misrakes are mine.)

Introduce animals as soon as we have enough plant life for a steady supply of oxygen and food. Habitats can gain some enormous environmental advantages if we control the access of animals to the planet.
---Eliminate parasites by decontaminating the stock supply before transporting them. to keep all parasites away.
---Leave mosquitoes, lice, and other dangerous animals out of the ecosystem.
---Import only genetically pure specimens for more healthy animals.

To gain above benefits, introduce fauna in a careful, controlled manner to arrange for balanced food chains.
FIRST. Add herbivores after we have plenty of plants. We need to concentrate on plant eaters for several years while the supplies of them build up.
2ND. Introduce carnivores after we've achieved large numbers of herbivores. As the carnivore population increases, carefully monitor the beginning ecosystem and make carefully considered adjustments.

Terraformation (Following material extracted and edited from associated web page. Credit for original content go to original authors; misrakes are mine.)
Initial Life Support

For initial human habitatation, a mini terraformation must happen.
Top priority: set up a base of operations. Therefore, the building and preparing of the dome-shaped habitat and complex will take place before all other actions. Once the bulding is made, it will have to be prepared to support life. Filters will have to be installed to clean pollution. After the habitat has been sealed from the outside conditions, the complex will be fine-tuned to be suitable for humans.

Human breathing will create high levels of carbon dioxide. Therefore, habitat will have a chamber to extract the carbon atoms from the carbon dioxide molecules. The chamber will store the carbon for eventual chemical engineering purposes. The clean, fresh oxygen will go back to the habitat's air supply.

There will be plant life added to the habitat in the form of hanging gardens suspended fron the roof of the sphere. These can serve as a food source and contibute to the oxygen levels that will be produced by the O2 chamber. Most of the water for the habitat will be recycled. Imported water will be stored in a large reservoir in the complex.

Food for the colony will come from a variety of sources. Most of it will be produced in the genetically engineered gardens. Some of the food could be transported in huge cargo ships to the colony from Earth; however, the cost would be significant. Meat products will have to be raised in pens within the colony. Because of the artificial conditions in the habitat, any food will be possible to produce. Dieticians, geneticists, and gardeners would be needed to make and grow the food in the most effective manner.


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