Biospherics
The study, design, construction, and maintenance, of artificial biospheres.
 
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    The abundance of different biological species and varieties found in any environment, such as a natural biosphere, a ship, or an orbital or deep-space habitat. In almost every case (there are exceptions - e.g. on special purpose ships, military, freighter, etc etc), a high biodiversity is preferable to a low biodiversity for ecological robustness, resource value, evolutionary potential, and aesthetic appreciation.
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    Any autonomous self-supporting, self-containing, homeostatic ecosystem. Natural Biospheres - planets such as Earth, Trees, and Eden, are very rare. Most biospheres are artificial, and may be hollowed out asteroids, planetary domes, ships, orbital habs, and so on. Strictly speaking most of these are not spheres, but the original usage has remained. The term was coined by the Old Earth Russian scientist Vladimir Vernadsky in 40 BT (1929 c.e.).
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    Typology for a planet or biospheres's ecosystem, the biotic, virchlife, and nanecological counterpart of Planet Classification Type. Also useful in developing biological and mathematical models for preservation, terraforming, colonization, climate control, etc. The system of ecological classifications used today are based upon the classification scheme of the Banks Institute of Ecology (Negentropy Alliance).
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    The science and art of designing, shaping, sculpting, or modifying ecosystems.
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    Community of organisms - whether biological or alife - interacting with one another and with the chemical and physical factors making up their environment.
 
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 08 October 2001.