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Biosphere Report

Posted on Fri Jul 8th, 2016 @ 11:43am by Lieutenant Elijah "Eli" Dreznik

Cc: Commander Jor glasch Ylarg, Terpsichore sector survey team leader; Captain Stephen Linden, Director of Starfleet Planetary Sciences; Rear Admiral M'Relle, CO, Beta Quadrant Frontier Zone 3

Subject: Terpsichore Iota VI


Many apologies for this report being delayed, Sirs. The author was transferred to a new assignment, and data analysis took longer than expected.

This is the final post-mission report from the survey of Terpsichore Iota VI by the planetary sciences team of the U.S.S. Maginot. The team was led by Starfleet Lieutenant Elijah Dreznik, Chief Science Officer of the Maginot. Other team members included Lieutenant (JG) Anita Wilkes, staff Science Officer; Ensign Patrick Rhys, Xenobotanist; Petty Officer Second Class Valik, Evolutionary Biologist; Chief Petty Officer Charles Mbonu, Science Lab Technician; Dr. Ra'olo Rethalen Jex, Senior Geologist; and Dr. Lagg Tu-yei Pmarr, Exobiologist. Credit must also be handed to both the Maginot Security and Command staff for their patience and diligence during this six month survey.

For the sake of brevity and convenience, Terpsichore Iota VI will be abbreviated as TI6 in the remainder of this report.

From a cursory orbital sensor sweep, TI6 is a typical example of an M-Class world. The atmosphere is noticeably richer than standard (29.6% O2, 65.7% nitrogen, 1.7% helium, 1% argon and 1% trace gases). Atmospheric CO2 is quite high, at 2060 ppm. Mean surface temperature is 17.3 Celsius (63.15 Fahrenheit).
The planet is approximately 70% water, and it's gravity is 0.975g. The land mass is divided into two continents, with the northernmost being roughly three times the size of its companion. Crust plate tectonic models suggest that these two continents were part of a large single super continent as early as 20 million years ago. The tectonic plates should stabilize in terms of their positions in approximately 160 million years.

Dr. Rethalen and his team took extensive readings using both portable devices and high-resolution arrays retrofitted onto the Runabout Maumee. Sampling and testing was conducted on layers of surface rock and subsurface strata (transporters were utilized for deep sample collection). Based upon the testing of these samples, we can confidently estimate that TI6 is 4.315 billion years old--putting it 230 million years behind Earth in terms of geological development.

Being as old as it is, one would expect TI6 to have a much greater diversity in terms of both fauna and flora. Rock samples suggest that TI6 entered a period of extremely intense volcanic activity, most likely coinciding with the breakup of the world's supercontinent. This produced a volcanic greenhouse effect that effectively killed off a huge portion of plant life, which in turn caused mass extinction of large numbers of animal species.

The animal species that remain are almost exclusively reptiloid and insectoid. No mammaloid species were discovered. It is therefore my conclusion that, in comparasion to similar eras of geological time from Earth, TI6 is in the Early Jurassic Period.

Terpsichore Iota 6 is not recommended for humanoid settlement at this time. However, there are many aspects of this world that warrant further, long-term study. A research outpost is recommended. At the request of Dr. Lagg, TI6 has been placed under Level Eight Cultural Isolation--which means visits for research projects only relating to local wildlife.

This concludes the Biosphere Report for Terpsichore Iota 6. Please note that there are numerous files attached that contain all of the survey team data.

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