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Terraforming in action

It would appear that the practice of terraforming is rather older than the term.


Charles Darwin's ecological experiment on Ascension isle

By Howard Falcon-Lang
Science reporter, BBC News


A lonely island in the middle of the South Atlantic conceals Charles Darwin's best-kept secret.

Two hundred years ago, Ascension Island was a barren volcanic edifice.

Today, its peaks are covered by lush tropical "cloud forest".

What happened in the interim is the amazing story of how the architect of evolution, Kew Gardens and the Royal Navy conspired to build a fully functioning, but totally artificial ecosystem.
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urban_terrorist
Sep. 5th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks

Kay,

Thanks for the link. I've just finished reading 'Why Evolution is True' by Jerry Coyne, a fantastic book that I recommend highly. It's very well written, and a fantastic read.

Wayne
ghostwolf
Sep. 5th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I think the resistance is from too many people worrying about making mistakes and we get bitten. Ascension basically showed it can be done, and that wasn't anything close to a scientific approach.

I'd like to think NASA's scientists would be a little more careful...
kayshapero
Sep. 6th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
If they haven't been careful already, if we do find life on Mars it'll probably be from here...
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