From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:30:55 -0000 Archived: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:19:30 -0500 Subject: Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity >From: J. Maynard Gelinas <j.maynard.gelinas.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 07:37:25 +0800 >Subject: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity >Speculative: On sampling Earth's biodiversity In Search For >Novel Reactive Compounds <snip> Hi Maynard, This question is a very interesting subject for speculation, although it must remain speculation because we don't know enough about what's out there to make informed judgements. However much recent evidence of molecular clouds in deep space makes me suspect that 'prospecting robots' would work there rather than in the dangerous and expensive gravity wells of solar systems. And as for concentrations, we read of whole planets or stars made from exotic elements, like diamond. Those systems are likely to be lifeless. Which brings us to a scenario where present-day Earth might be worthy of special visits: forthcoming extinctions of species and a drastic loss of bio-diversity. Some folk are forecasting this for Earth, due to over-population and the greed of corporates, so that we would be limited to mono-crop 'farms' on land and sea, with all the rich layers of natural life being wiped out - judged as 'uneconomic'. If such a process tends to happen to all evolving master-species then most or all ETs are from boring mono-culture planets (and there seems to be an echo of that in the literature of encounters). In which case Earth, with about 4 billion years of evolving diverse natural life, but poised at the moment when all that is due to be lost, could be an an almost irresistible destination for collecters - of tissue, of DNA, or simply of recordings for the archives. Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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