"In science fiction one can say a great many things that are unpalatable, … because it's expressed as science fiction you can slip it past their defenses."
The Fremen, the nomadic natives of Dune, used a wide range of devices to make their environment usable. Dune was a planet with very little moisture; no open water ran across the surface of the planet. Conserving moisture was essential to survival.
Underground meeting places were used as temporary shelters; they were made livable with door seals to retain the water lost in ordinary respiration. See stillsuit to see how they did it while on the move.
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