Maintaining Environmental Homeostasis
In the early days at least, atmospheric composition will be controlled
mechanical methods rather than biofeedback. We'll basically be
controlling the carbon and nitrogen cycles using storage and pyrolysis to
maintain levels. This is known to work in a closed environment, tried and
After that, a Biosphere II-type complex environment could be gradually
introduced as we acquire the space and knowledge. Problems such as oxygen
shortages and gas buildups won't be a worry given the sledgehammer
that we can resort to if necessary. Biosphere II will probably give us a
of information on this, but I suspect that the chaotic nature of the
involved will make trial and error an inevitability.
Most of our flora and fauna will be rigidly controlled and intensively
Free-range biota come under the recreational category
and are going to need a lot more room than the initial phases contain.
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