Monday, February 8, 2016

Notes to: Tour of Our Terraformed Solar System

Material Covered: 
  • "We'll be spending most of our time on the cool poles--away from the oven-like deserts, ever-burning jungles and roiling, hypercane-spawning seas of the equator."
  • "There are a few migrating twilight cities as well: massive population centers floating over Mercury's oceans and hovering over the deserts, always several miles behind the scalding terminator storm." 
  • Planetary engineers needed to transfer enough air from one side of the planet to the other to keep the weather mild, but not enough to turn Mercury into a greenhouse oven. To that end, they imported comets with the least amount of carbon dioxide[...] and other greenhouse gases possible." 
  • "Mercury had ICE. This was a huge lure for the explorers of the inner solar system; early on, water was a key limiting resource." 
  • "The continents didn't grow up in an ocean, so there are no clean continental shelves. The landmasses are all coastline: convoluted littoral fractals and archipelagos." 
  • "The Loonies don't seem to mind the fact that their world will die soon after they do; it's a point of pride that Luna's biosphere is (at least on very long timescales) fully dependent on humanity for its survival." 
  • "There are no continents per se, just a giant northern ocean and an equally large southern landmass, interrupted only by a few strange canyons and two large inland seas." 
  • "The highest parts of Olympus Mons and the Tharsis plateau are never going to be properly terraformed; they're just glaciers and bare red rock." 
  • Helioforming.
  • "The Solar System doesn't have one sun, it has three: Jupiter and Saturn (or Zohal, as it's known now) have joined Sol in the exclusive sun club."
  • "Jupiter is swollen, red-hot, and sports four little blue and green worlds."
  • The rings are inhabited like the asteroid belt is. 

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