Terraforming: The Creating of Habitable Worlds (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 21, 2009 - Science - 302 pages
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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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Contents

The Big Guns of Kugluktuk
1
Introduction
7
Life in the Solar System and Beyond
19
The Limits of the World
45
In the Right Place at the Right Time
81
The Terraforming of Mars
125
The Terraforming of Venus
175
An Abundance of Habitats
211
Internet Resources
265
Glossary of Technical Terms
269
Blackbody Radiators
273
Accounting for Greenhouse Gases
275
A Terraforming Simulator Model for Mars
277
Population Growth and Lily World
281
Index
289
Copyright

Epilogue
261

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About the author (2009)

Associate professor of astronomy, and Head of the Astronomy Department at Campion College, The University of Regina. My main research interests during the past decade have focused on the smaller objects within the solar system (comets, asteroids and meteoroids), but concomitant to this I have continued to perform research related to the structure and evolution of stars (the area of my doctoral studies). The book being proposed here is partly based upon a series of research papers that I have published over the years and on material used in a solar system studies class. The topic of asteroengineering was recently the focus of an a ~opinion articlea (TM) I wrote for the May 2006 issue of Astronomy Now magazine, and an editorial piece in the May 2006 issue of Smithsonian Air and Space magazine.

Home web page: http: //hyperion.cc.uregina.ca/~astro/mbeech.html

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