posted on Dec, 9 2010 @ 10:30 AM
The ocean would almost be a great place for trees to grow, as it would not much be different to a hydroponics system if…
1.The roots could be anchored to something firm
2.The tide didn’t affect whatever the roots were attached to
3.There were no waves powerful enough to break everything up
So how might it be done…
Obviously there are tonnes of plants capable of growing in sea water, they simply tend to have a lot more salt inside them, than those on land.
1. GM a tree to grow in sea water
2. Plant it (as a sapling) in a sea water pond on land
3. Give it a web of (streched) plastic string to entangle its roots through
1. Build a floating Pontoon (but unlike a boat harbour, just a single pole, in the sea bed, with a floating-plastic platform in its centre.
2. Build floating platform with hundreds of holes in it (so that plastic strings can be threaded-tied into it, and so these strings can then
form a web-lattice with other neighbouring Pontoons
3. Transport saplings (and roots) by van-truck to nearby sea. Since its roots are already entwined with plastic strings, attaching it to the
Pontoon’s string-lattice, shouldn’t be very hard
4. Over time trees will grow bigger. Meaning your ratio between Pontoons to trees can fall, meaning overall investment costs fall too.
1. Construction wood possibly
2. Paper almost certainly
3. Bio fuel no problem
4. Animal feed possibly (any fruits they produced would be salty, but the salt can be removed in fresh water, leaving behind only animal
Land is incredibly cheap in e.g. the 3rd world. It’s probably cheaper (right now) to just cut down a bit more rainforest for timber.
Give mankind another 500 years of existence, where land-dessert has (mostly through desalination technology, and the cheap electricity to power it)
already been fully utilised, then maybe the sea is the next big frontier?
Can you imagine looking back at Earth, from e.g. the moon -several centuries from now and seeing….
1. Brownish-greyish land & cities
2. Bright blue shipping lanes
3. Blue “marine nature reserves”
4. And everything else, just a huge ball of forested green?
All I want to know is this idea the future, or a complete dead ender? (Say for reasons I’ve overlooked?)
As for wildlife…
1. Birds would have a good time living off the insects eating the trees-leaves
2. Fish would be ok providing some sunlight was allowed through. Most species of fish could actually thrive, as more seaweed could grow near-on the
tree routes, and the tree leaves would produce plenty of dead organic matter
3. BUT: If done to its full potential: Too much CO2 could be removed from the atmosphere. This would mean burning-nuking some of the Earths remaining
carbon reserves. However methane produced by decaying waste could help sustain the planets temperature, to roughly what it is today.
4. There is no chance it would get out of hand, as the trees will still require someone to put a pontoon down (somewhere). If not the whole thing
could float away, and be broken up by rocks. Also if the trees need to be grown on land, we could make them dependant on some artificial,
fertilisation hormone (rather like Monsanto’s “terminator genes” to control… governments!) (but in this case, just keep a control on growth!).
Is this just an impossible, crazy idea? Or is my “Green Planet Vision”, possibly the future (especially in a World assisted by the endless labour,
of Artificial Intelligence -machines?)