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Re: (TFT) Mars - Plants get too hot on Luna.
Oh, yes, plants on Mars will need to be in hot
houses for the long term. Plants use oxygen
during stages of their lives (when germinating
for example, when they are sick and a small
amount at night). Also if the CO2 level gets
too high they are stunted. We can not just
compress the Martian air for plants. The CO2
level is too high.
There will have to be serious terraforming
before any 'higher' plants can be put on the
surface. Litchen, bratchophites (sp?), and
blue green algae would be the first colonizers.
On Wed, 2011-10-08 at 12:54 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Interesting how this has gotten around to Luna.
> My reason for suggesting growing flora underground was two-fold: 1) it's
> too cold for earth flora on the surface of Mars with the possible exception
> of some arctic lichen or something, and 2) watering the plants would seem
> to be impractical as it doesnt seem the water would stay around on the
> ground long enough to do the plants any good.
> There's the idea of a Martian hothouse, I suppose. I wonder how well that
> would work ...
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