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MaxSterling
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12/30/2015 11:45:41 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
So assume that we begin terraforming mars in the near future at some point. Would the high iron content in the soil affect the colouration of terran plants? What are some examples of that on Earth? Then if we introduced fauna into the ecosystem, would their colouration also change to fit the red soil and potentially red plants?
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12/31/2015 5:28:05 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/30/2015 11:45:41 PM, MaxSterling wrote:
So assume that we begin terraforming mars in the near future at some point. Would the high iron content in the soil affect the colouration of terran plants? What are some examples of that on Earth? Then if we introduced fauna into the ecosystem, would their colouration also change to fit the red soil and potentially red plants?

The green coloration of plants on earth has less to do with soil and more to do with optimal absorption of the sort of light which filters to our planet's surface. Look at the spectral composition of the light that's hitting mars' surface, and plants would likely slowly evolve to reflect the sort of light which is least represented and absorb the more prevalent colors. Light on mars is slightly more red, so plants would actually evolve to absorb more red and reflect more blue, making them 'bluer', if anything.
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12/31/2015 7:09:34 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/31/2015 5:28:05 AM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 12/30/2015 11:45:41 PM, MaxSterling wrote:
So assume that we begin terraforming mars in the near future at some point. Would the high iron content in the soil affect the colouration of terran plants? What are some examples of that on Earth? Then if we introduced fauna into the ecosystem, would their colouration also change to fit the red soil and potentially red plants?

The green coloration of plants on earth has less to do with soil and more to do with optimal absorption of the sort of light which filters to our planet's surface. Look at the spectral composition of the light that's hitting mars' surface, and plants would likely slowly evolve to reflect the sort of light which is least represented and absorb the more prevalent colors. Light on mars is slightly more red, so plants would actually evolve to absorb more red and reflect more blue, making them 'bluer', if anything.

Good answer, thanks. The idea is what popped into my mind, but could not have put it nearly as well.
MaxSterling
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12/31/2015 10:49:51 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/31/2015 5:28:05 AM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 12/30/2015 11:45:41 PM, MaxSterling wrote:
So assume that we begin terraforming mars in the near future at some point. Would the high iron content in the soil affect the colouration of terran plants? What are some examples of that on Earth? Then if we introduced fauna into the ecosystem, would their colouration also change to fit the red soil and potentially red plants?

The green coloration of plants on earth has less to do with soil and more to do with optimal absorption of the sort of light which filters to our planet's surface. Look at the spectral composition of the light that's hitting mars' surface, and plants would likely slowly evolve to reflect the sort of light which is least represented and absorb the more prevalent colors. Light on mars is slightly more red, so plants would actually evolve to absorb more red and reflect more blue, making them 'bluer', if anything.

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1/1/2016 9:03:59 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/31/2015 7:09:34 PM, TBR wrote:
At 12/31/2015 5:28:05 AM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 12/30/2015 11:45:41 PM, MaxSterling wrote:
So assume that we begin terraforming mars in the near future at some point. Would the high iron content in the soil affect the colouration of terran plants? What are some examples of that on Earth? Then if we introduced fauna into the ecosystem, would their colouration also change to fit the red soil and potentially red plants?

The green coloration of plants on earth has less to do with soil and more to do with optimal absorption of the sort of light which filters to our planet's surface. Look at the spectral composition of the light that's hitting mars' surface, and plants would likely slowly evolve to reflect the sort of light which is least represented and absorb the more prevalent colors. Light on mars is slightly more red, so plants would actually evolve to absorb more red and reflect more blue, making them 'bluer', if anything.

Good answer, thanks. The idea is what popped into my mind, but could not have put it nearly as well.

Haha, thanks; it's fun to think about. Interestingly enough, the flowers may wind up being green, because they have to stick out from both the foliage and surrounding landscape if they want to attract insect attention.
"The Collectivist experiment is thoroughly suited (in appearance at least) to the Capitalist society which it proposes to replace. It works with the existing machinery of Capitalism, talks and thinks in the existing terms of Capitalism, appeals to just those appetites which Capitalism has aroused, and ridicules as fantastic and unheard-of just those things in society the memory of which Capitalism has killed among men wherever the blight of it has spread."
- Hilaire Belloc -