Re: MACRO: Poor Man's Macroengineering

Dan Hook (
Sun, 18 Jul 1999 22:04:51 -0400 (EDT)

> Now, with regards to this, there are some problems. One is moral. The
> impact of such a change would be far reaching and would affect the lives of
> humans and nonhuman animals, probably adversely in the case of the latter.
> Add to this the affect on the region's weather patterns and the like.

Would that destroy the Rift Lakes? I'm not much of a conservationist myself, but something about flooding out the location of the most rapid vertebrate evolution ever strikes me as unaesthetic. Plus, the fish from that area look really nice in tanks.

And what would be the benefits of this anyway? It doesn't sound any more like ultratechnology or macro engineering than towing icebergs to water California does, and the side effects are less clear.

Dan Hook
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