Planet Canobi

The Planet

We finally arrived. It has taken us five years and twenty-eight days. It was 2083 when we first found a worm hole near the ninth planet of our solar system that connected us to the galaxy of Shroomalotta. We discovered two planets that were inhospitable. As we neared the sun, we found one hospitable planet. Early sensor reports found that the planet had climate the same as the grasslands of Africa. The planet was 35% fresh water-all held in huge lakes and rivers all around the planet. Due to the placement of the planet to the sun, there were 98 days in a year and 40 hours in a day. It had two moons, Arson, and Teris, both about the same size as our luna.

As soon as we reached orbit, we sent teams down to research the insect, animal, and plant life. Following them was a team to make a system of transportation and linked shelters so we can send new information back and forth to earth on what we have discovered about our new planet.

Hopefully, we'll find a way to develop a system to take better care of our new planet than we did Earth. I can say that it will be very interesting finding out what the life forms are on this planet because for years, so many people with closed minds said we were the only intelligent life in the whole universe, but who's to say we're the intelligent ones?

Canobi is a planet in which grass, sedges and other plants are the dominant vegetation. Although temperate grasslands may have more than 50 species of vascular plants, and more than 200 tropical grasses, there are only two or three species of grasses that dominate 60 percent of the biomass above ground.

Grasslands are natural. Natural grasslands occupy all the areas on the periphery of this climatic region, fire is important in maintaining grasslands.

Some of the grassland occupies areas where moisture is sufficient to contain forests. These areas result from burning, mowing, or grazing. The crew took great interest in these areas. They usually consist of one or two species of grass and a legume such as clover or alfalfa. Temperate natural grasslands develop in regions characterized by an annual rainfall between 250 and 750 cm (10 and 30 in), a high rate of evaporation, and seasonal and annual droughts. Tropical grasslands develop in regions with marked wet and dry seasons.

Native grasslands of this world support or once supported a diverse fauna. In most areas, large grazing herbivores such as bison-like animals and their large predators were dominant. Associated with such mammals are herbivorous rodents and insects, especially grasshoppers.

Grassland soils are inherently fertile. Due to low rainfall, soluble nutrients in the soil have not washed away, and due to the absence of lots of large trees, the flourishing grasses have built up organically rich topsoil. As a result, native grasslands of the planet are perfect for our crops. The native grazing herbivores can be replaced by domestic cattle and sheep, and the large predators destroyed.

The seasons of the planet are only about 24 days long. At some points in the summer, almost 90% of the planet's water is evaporated into the atmosphere.

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