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The Resource Terraforming : the creating of habitable worlds, Martin Beech

Terraforming : the creating of habitable worlds, Martin Beech

Label
Terraforming : the creating of habitable worlds
Title
Terraforming
Title remainder
the creating of habitable worlds
Statement of responsibility
Martin Beech
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From the Publisher: This book proposes a sound and realistic exploration on the topic of terraforming. Often used as the narrative premise in science fiction novels, terraforming is the process by which an uninhabitable planet might be converted into one capable of supporting life. This book presents what is physically possible today and hints what might conceivably be put into practice in the next several hundred years. The author works within the realms of current technology and known physics, although speculation on future advancements inevitably enters the discussion. Introductory chapters establish why terraforming will be of great benefit to human kind, and also put in place the basic physical arguments necessary to the terraforming process. The following parts look at various proposals that have been made for terraforming the planets Mars and Venus. The book concludes with a glimpse to the much deeper future when humankind will explore and colonize the outer solar system and possibly the newly discovered exoplanets
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Cataloging source
YDX
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1959-
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Beech, Martin
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TL795.7
LC item number
.B44 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Astronomers' universe
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Planets
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Terraforming : the creating of habitable worlds, Martin Beech
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1: Prolog : The Big Guns Of Kugluktuk -- Summer, the year 2010 -- Notes and references -- 2: Introduction -- What's in a word? -- Moving foreword -- The anthropocene -- Future worlds, future homes -- Economics -- Notes and references -- 3: Life In The Solar System, And Beyond -- Mars : the once and future abode of life? -- Life express -- The Miller-Urey experiment -- Panspermia : the bigger picture -- Life and death clouds -- Vignette A : What is life? -- The rights of microbes -- Notes and references -- 4: The limits Of The World -- Home on the range : a brief history of the Solar System -- The blue marble -- Breathing room -- A magnetic shield -- Humanity's footprint -- We, the Tikopia -- The aging sun -- Back to the present -- Vignette B : Viking landers -- Notes and references -- 5: In The Right Place At The Right Time -- Planetary temperature -- Atmospheric temperature and pressure -- Phase diagram of water -- The habitable zone -- Atmospheric retention -- The greenhouse effect -- The tail wagging the dog -- Feedback cycles and stability -- The end of the biosphere -- The formation of terrestrial planets -- Super-Earths -- Vignette C : Kepler's Somnium -- Notes and references -- 6: The terraforming Of Mars -- The measure of Mars -- Whither the water? -- The opening Salvo -- Alteried states : the means of terraforming Mars -- Increased CO2 abundance -- The CO2 runaway -- Super-greenhouse gases -- Albedo change and increased insulation -- The phases of new Mars -- The times of their lives -- Worldhouse -- Near-term developments -- Vignette D : Daisy world -- Notes and references -- 7: The terraforming Of Venus -- The moist greenhouse effect -- Cloud life -- Perelandra remade -- Atmosphere blow-off, cooling, and mining -- Roman blinds, spin-up, and spin apart -- Back to basics -- Getting CO2 stoned -- A cold new dawn -- Surface turnover -- Flying high -- A distant dawn -- Vignette E : Back to the moon -- Notes and references -- 8: An abundance Of habitats -- The moon's a balloon -- Hot-footed Hermes -- A fragmented neighborhood -- Life on dwarf planet : Ceres world -- Living in the clouds -- Supramundance planets and shell worlds -- O'Neill colonies and orbiting cities -- The coming of a second Sun -- Earth shift and a synthetic Sun -- Dyson spheres and Jupiter -- The Galilean moons : food for thought -- The deeper, darker, colder solar system -- The pull of more distant horizons -- Other worlds abound -- Future prospects -- Habitable exoplanets and biomarkers -- Vignette F : Mysterious Titus-Bode law -- Notes and references -- Epilogue -- Internet resources -- Glossary of technical terms -- Appendices -- A: Blackbody radiators -- B: Accounting for greenhouse gases -- C: A terraforming simulator model for Mars -- D: Population growth and Lily world -- Index
Control code
317073756
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 291 p.
Isbn
9780387097954
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2008936485
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps (some col.)
Publisher number
12118601
System control number
(OCoLC)317073756
Label
Terraforming : the creating of habitable worlds, Martin Beech
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1: Prolog : The Big Guns Of Kugluktuk -- Summer, the year 2010 -- Notes and references -- 2: Introduction -- What's in a word? -- Moving foreword -- The anthropocene -- Future worlds, future homes -- Economics -- Notes and references -- 3: Life In The Solar System, And Beyond -- Mars : the once and future abode of life? -- Life express -- The Miller-Urey experiment -- Panspermia : the bigger picture -- Life and death clouds -- Vignette A : What is life? -- The rights of microbes -- Notes and references -- 4: The limits Of The World -- Home on the range : a brief history of the Solar System -- The blue marble -- Breathing room -- A magnetic shield -- Humanity's footprint -- We, the Tikopia -- The aging sun -- Back to the present -- Vignette B : Viking landers -- Notes and references -- 5: In The Right Place At The Right Time -- Planetary temperature -- Atmospheric temperature and pressure -- Phase diagram of water -- The habitable zone -- Atmospheric retention -- The greenhouse effect -- The tail wagging the dog -- Feedback cycles and stability -- The end of the biosphere -- The formation of terrestrial planets -- Super-Earths -- Vignette C : Kepler's Somnium -- Notes and references -- 6: The terraforming Of Mars -- The measure of Mars -- Whither the water? -- The opening Salvo -- Alteried states : the means of terraforming Mars -- Increased CO2 abundance -- The CO2 runaway -- Super-greenhouse gases -- Albedo change and increased insulation -- The phases of new Mars -- The times of their lives -- Worldhouse -- Near-term developments -- Vignette D : Daisy world -- Notes and references -- 7: The terraforming Of Venus -- The moist greenhouse effect -- Cloud life -- Perelandra remade -- Atmosphere blow-off, cooling, and mining -- Roman blinds, spin-up, and spin apart -- Back to basics -- Getting CO2 stoned -- A cold new dawn -- Surface turnover -- Flying high -- A distant dawn -- Vignette E : Back to the moon -- Notes and references -- 8: An abundance Of habitats -- The moon's a balloon -- Hot-footed Hermes -- A fragmented neighborhood -- Life on dwarf planet : Ceres world -- Living in the clouds -- Supramundance planets and shell worlds -- O'Neill colonies and orbiting cities -- The coming of a second Sun -- Earth shift and a synthetic Sun -- Dyson spheres and Jupiter -- The Galilean moons : food for thought -- The deeper, darker, colder solar system -- The pull of more distant horizons -- Other worlds abound -- Future prospects -- Habitable exoplanets and biomarkers -- Vignette F : Mysterious Titus-Bode law -- Notes and references -- Epilogue -- Internet resources -- Glossary of technical terms -- Appendices -- A: Blackbody radiators -- B: Accounting for greenhouse gases -- C: A terraforming simulator model for Mars -- D: Population growth and Lily world -- Index
Control code
317073756
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 291 p.
Isbn
9780387097954
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2008936485
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps (some col.)
Publisher number
12118601
System control number
(OCoLC)317073756

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