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Terraforming: Engineering Planetary Environments Hardcover – 1 Dec 1995

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers,U.S. (Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560916095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560916093
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Terraforming is a futuristic concept regarding the transformation of a hostile planetary surface and atmosphere into an aerobic environment suitable for humans. This technical-level volume reviews in detail the conscious modification of planetary environments, including the possibilities of stabilizing Earth's biosphere and of making other planets

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Format: Hardcover
you read RED GREEN BLUE MARS by S.K Robinson, or Stehpen Baxter books Titan or Moonseed ?
and you ask "Terraforming is that real possible ?" then martyn j. Fogg Book the right stuff.
It is the ONLY science Book over Terraforming !
Fogg explane easy the problem and technology from earth over to Mars, Venus and moons of the solarsystem.
He looks the proposal and there possiblty. the book show terraform is Possibile. but it takes thousand of years of hard work
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PDF Version can be found here, don't bother with sellers 16 Oct. 2014
By Cameron Belt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful and enlightening book, reading this as an electrical engineer its refreshing to see the subject matter treated so intelligently by the author.
If you are looking for a free copy of this book, you can download it from this dropbox address in the form of a PDF, don't bother trying to buy a copy from one of these sellers.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Science Based Analysis of Terraforming 19 May 2008
By J. Coldrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book which goes into the detailed geophysics and geochemistry of Terraforming. Its focus is on serious discussion (alternative approaches, current versus developing technologies, force/energy requirements, chemical equations, required time frames, etc). It also briefly discusses a few ridiculous alternatives, and tactfully discusses why they may be impractical.

Although ideal to have an engineering or science background to fully appreciate this book, although those with a solid understanding if year-12 chemistry, physics and maths would also be fine also.

A snippet from the Table of Contents is as follows:

Chapter 5 - The Ecopoiesis of Mars
5.2 Mars as an Abode of Life
5.3 Approached to Terraforming Mars
5.4 Early Ecopoiesis Models
5.5 Modern Ecopoiesis Models
5.6 Organisms for Pioneering Mars

Chapter 6 - The Terraforming of Mars
6.1 Problems with a Popular Paradigm
6.2 Tackling the Volatiles Problem
6.3 A Synergic Scenario for Terraforming Mars
6.4 The Problem of Attention Span

Chapter 7 - The Terraforming of Venus
7.1 A Fair Imagined Venus
7.2 The Revealed Venus
7.3 The Requirements of Terraforming Venus
7.4 Aerial Photosynthesis
7.5 Importation of Reductants
7.6 Impact Erosion
7.7 Freezing Out Carbon Dioxide
7.8 Disposal of CO2 by Chemical Weathering
7.9 The Problem of the Diurnal Cycle
7.10 A Comparison of Scale

Chapter 8 - Terraforming: Alternative Methods, Fringe Concepts, and Ultimate Possibilities
8.1 Fleshing out the Envelope
8.2 Paraterraforming
8.3 Terraforming the "Lesser Planets"
8.4 Planet Shifting
8.5 Cosmic Engineering Meets Terraforming
8.6 Terraforming and the Interstellar Future

As per some of the previous comments, I would love to see Dr Fogg update this excellent text (possibly in collaboration with a suitable senior planetary exploration/development engineer from NASA).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on terraforming to date 8 Dec. 2004
By Arkham71 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After reading Oberg's somewhat dated New Earths I became quite interested in terraforming. As a result I was very happy to learn about Fogg's much more recent work which was published in the mid 90's. Fogg's book builds upon Oberg's work, in many cases using more recent data provided by interplanetary probes. Fogg also presents new and interesting terraforming theories which have been put forward by space scientists since Oberg's work was published in the early 80's.

Contrary to what an earlier reviewer said this book is easy to follow even for a layman. You should be able to understand even the most advanced concepts in this this well written book if you have ever taken an astronomy course and you can understand high school level chemistry and algebra.

The only problem I have had with this book is getting my hands on a copy. While I was able to get the book via interlibrary loan relatively easily I was unable to purchase a copy for over a year. I would love to see this book reprinted, or perhaps Fogg could write a new edition. Trust me, if you are a terraforming or space enthusiast interested in colonizing the solar system this book is a must have. If you can find a copy of it for sale at a reasonable price then BUY IT. It is by far the best book that I have found on the subject of terraforming.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From beginning to end, god like science, made simple. 29 Oct. 2005
By Gamrrz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Well, since 'M Class Planet Building for Dummies' is not due out for some time now, 'Terraforming: Engineering Planetary Environments' is the best book on the topic of building new planet Earths.

Starting with building up the atmosphere, and how to add water using comets, Martyn Fogg takes the reader from the dawn of time till today, with science and technology that would relatively speaking 'quick cook' a suitable planet into a new earth.

Not content to stop there, Martyn Fogg gives the proper technical explanations for how to construct a solar system, and push your favorite star into a perfect location using a form of a giant solar sail.

Hard Science, Solid Facts, Vivid Explanations, God-Like Vision.

Astounding. Worth much, much more than the few thousands each copy is selling for at today's prices.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Terraforming "Textbook" 25 Mar. 2000
By Brian L Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While terraforming has been talked about for a long time in science fiction, it seems technical information about it is scarce. Martyn Fogg has compiled here the handbook of this diverse subject. Starting out by describing what terraforming is about (and what sort of grand engineering has been done to date), it then covers "engineering" Earth, Mars, Venus, and even the outer planets. How could you live "on" Jupiter? What would it take to make Io habitable? Spin up Venus? Shift the orbits of entire plants? It's here, and more. Rich in data, references, and calculations, it also covers both the planetary and biological aspects of the subject. Not for the math-phobic, but if you ever wondered "can you really do that?" about a science fiction terraforming idea, this will answer your question.
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