Planetary Geology topic outline - Terraforming.

Interesting reading: Thomas-Kerpta & others, 1998, Bacterial mineralization patterns in basaltic aquifers: Implications for possible life in martian meteorite ALH84001; Geology, v. 26, p. 1031-1034.

Good summary topic for this course: forces a synthesis, engages interest.

Planetary engineering, applied planetology, terraforming : all share goal of purposeful alteration of planetary bodies surface conditions so favorable to life. Science or fantasy?

Major questions:

Focus on Mars. Link to reading.

Other planetary bodies might 'terraform'?

Gaia cocktail?


For next time: Develop a short proposal (<1 page) for an exploratory mission to a planetary body (other than earth). Include in it the following:


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