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  • v. Present participle of terraform.
  • n. terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") of a planet, moon, or other body is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying its atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology to be similar to those of Earth to make it habitable by humans.


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  • Halrloprillalar speaks of long-term terraforming techniques applied to these worlds, many centuries before the building of the Ringworld.


  • The red desert planet Mars, provided it doesn't have any life of its own, could become a green Mars through so-called terraforming - in other words, the active transformation (of its environment).

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  • There is more discussion in the space community on how to alter entire planets to suit humans - a process called "terraforming" - than there is on changing man to suit space. - latest science and technology news stories

  • My people know a process called terraforming that could conceivably melt this ice and raise theplanetary temperature.


  • I'd like to think most Digg users understand the idea of terraforming and linking to an encyclopedia is basically the same as linking to a word in the dictionary.

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  • The Biology in Science Fiction blog has an interview with Bova, where he talks about the possibility of life on Mars, and why he doesn’t like the idea of terraforming the red planet.

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  • We do need organizations large enough to conduct terraforming scales of the people's business and be able to make it right if they screw it up.

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  • Musk's ambition is startling: He envisions commercial companies such as SpaceX someday building a fleet of cheap rockets and spacecraft that would fly to a Mars transformed and made habitable through the even more visionary process of "terraforming."

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