From: "James Wynn"
Subject: RE: (urth) arcologies like mountains Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 10:52:21 -0500 I'm inclined toward short-timeline theories myself - simply because I don't think beyond a maximum of a million years in the future, the characters could credibly be considered human. Although a review of the archives reveals a wealth of debate on this subject, I wasn't on the list then. ;-) So I'll offer my pennies: Mantis wrote: As for the mine at Saltus: well, urk -- do you believe that excavations of Roman cities prove that they were in place a million years ago? Probably not. Matthew Malthouse wrote: But the point I think was made about the mines is that they are not mining the crust for raw materials (ores) as we would understand it but mining the detrius of the past - that's unlikely to be less than many many times what we'd find today in the whole archological deposit between the Iron Age and now. From the beginning of the Bronze Age til now - 5000 years --- the currently available technologically-advanced archeological artifacts available for us to "mine", is still impressive. Imagine that extended to 100,000 years - mostly encompassing the output of artifacts since the first industrial revolution a mere 250 years ago --- well, one could probably mine for generations in the New Jersey garbage dumps even if we shut them down today. -- Crush --