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- noun The creation of an artifically-generated, sustainable
ecosystemon a lifeless planet.
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The greening of Mars required two different kinds of planetary engineering: crude terraforming, to raise the surface temperature and atmospheric pressure to a plausible threshold for life, and ecopoiesis: using microbial and plant life to condition the soil and oxygenate the air.
But there were many possible routes to ecopoiesis, many candidate organisms, from rock-dwelling bacteria to alpine mosses.
After we ordered she turned her head, listening as fragments of conversation — words like "photodissociation" and "cryptoendelithic" and, yes, "ecopoiesis" — spilled over from crowded tables, journalists rehearsing the jargon for their next day's work or just struggling to understand it.
The Spin had given us the necessary leverage for a long ecopoiesis.
There were more launches during the spring and summer of that year, surveillance packages that spent months in high Earth orbit and returned with visual and spectrographic images of Mars — snapshots of the ecopoiesis.