Ok - having seen lots of really creative ideas for terraforming a planet (such as on the Meltwater) thread, how about a discussion of actually what a Terraformer would do on a day to day basis - I'm thinking Mars mostly, but I guess exoplanets and moons might warrant discussion. As I see it (on Mars), the ideas are mainly:- 1. Make the atmosphere more breathable, by using extrolysis to liberate O2 from ice, 2. Increase pressure by amplifying the amount of atmospheric H20 (heating of subsurface ice or comet impacts) 3. Heat the world by increasing Chloro-Flourocarbons, redirected solar heating, decreasing albedo 4. Building simple ecosystems - introducing micro-organisms (like Water bears and bacteria) and simple, cold/radiation/low o2/low pressure resistant plants Have I missed anything? How do we actually do these things??
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