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Comments on Habitable Planet Gliese 581g Is A 'Ribbon World'
Asimov described planets like this one as 'ribbon worlds' and extolled the virtues of their unusual microclimates. (Read the complete story)

"I think this could be a good Krypton: circles a red sun, more masssive than Earth so its inhabitants are stronger than us, etc."
( 9/30/2010 1:57:50 PM)
"Gravity "dictates" no such thing. Gliese 581g's rotation might be locked ito a 1:1 resonance with its orbit, or it might not. We thought for more than a century that Mercury was a one-face world -- that it HAD TO BE tidally locked -- and it isn't."
(Murgatroyd666 9/30/2010 6:08:55 PM)
"You're right, I didn't quite get that part either. So, I removed that sentence from my quotes from the source article, and added more material. Also, take a look at the source article, available as a PDF, A 3.1 M⊕ Planet in the Habitable Zone of the Nearby M3V Star Gliese 581. Thanks for asking, Murgatroyd666."
(Bill Christensen 9/30/2010 7:13:07 PM)
"The planet now has an unofficial name given to it by Steve Vogt: Zarmina"
( 10/1/2010 3:29:18 PM)
"Couldn't life still thrive on the frozen side of the planet if underground volcanoes busted thru the ice and created "warm spots"?"
( 10/3/2010 8:43:52 PM)
"One might argue that tides and seasons are sine qua non as well, to encourage slime to evolve out from its hiding places"
(RC 10/14/2010 9:58:19 AM)

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