Talk:Ancient giant silicon-based tree hypothesis
Hi! Just decided to create this page about a really stupid subject. It's amusing to me that even Ufoholic, a site that believes in aliens, debunks this "hypothesis".--Jagoe (talk) 19:11, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
- Does anyone how the Hell is "Людин Рɣси" written in Latin alphabet? --Jagoe (talk) 19:25, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
- Google translate suggests it's either "Lyudyn Rɣsy" or "Manes Rɣsy" but I don't know which one (or if either translation is even close). Christopher (talk) 19:28, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
- Neither have any search results. Christopher (talk) 19:32, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
- Are  and  sufficiently mad (and racist) enough? 22.214.171.124 (talk) 21:37, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
For some peculiar reason the websites on which the idea is mentioned do not transliterate this person's name from the Cyrillic.
If there are the 'tree stumps' where are the remains of the rest of the trees? And if such trees did exist would they not extract so much moisture from the surrounding water table that there could not be an ordinary forest around them?
- "ɣ" is not a Cyrillic character in any alphabetic system past or present, so his name is likely a pseudonym. "ɣ" is the Greek letter "gamma". Bongolian (talk) 22:51, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
A rose by any other name
The sentence 'This, however, does not consider whether or not gravity itself exhibits properties as opposed to them being attributed to density alone.' is slightly unclear.
- That's actually a very good point. I suppose there's an answer for branches made out wood and rock. Jagoe (talk) 11:59, 4 June 2018 (UTC)
Despite having started this article, I should clarify that my area of "expertise" is biochemistry. As such, it'd be great for RW users keen in geology to expand this article. Many natural wonders have been claimed remnants of giant trees, such as the Devils Tower, featured in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Snopes.com gathers some of the claims.
- Is This an Ancient Stump of a Giant Tree?
- Was a Giant System of Roots Discovered Below the Devil’s Tower Rock Formation?
We can expand the article in two ways:
- Explaining the formation of some of these geological features.
- Addressing more problems with this idea. I can see these so far.
- Such a large structure would collapse.
- No evidence exists for silicon-based lifeforms.
- Even if silicon life could work, it would not cohabit with carbon-based life.
- Some of the purported trees are unambiguously mountains.
- No root systems have been found beneath these structures.
- These structures are explicable through more plausible geological processes.
- Such a large plant would deprive its surroundings of nutrients and minerals. This would be very problematic for agriculture.
- Such a large plant would deprive the surface beneath it of light. Some happily extrapolate the height based on the "trunk's" width, arriving to the conclusion that these trees could have been 16 kilometers tall. Unless these trees were really separate from one another, anything below the canopy would always be in total darkness.
- The amount of time it would take these trees to grow into maturity is prohibitively long, due to cellular senescence. Trees aging in the thousands of years are minuscule by comparison. Further, a longer lifespan also means greater chance of acquiring illnesses.
- Just how would these trees deal with lightnings and fire? If they could indeed be set on fire, that would release a lot of carbon dioxide.
Article name change?
I was never very with this article's name: "Ancient giant silicon-based tree hypothesis". First, it sounds flamboyantly specific and overtly long, like "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", which could make it hard for people to actually find out about. Second, these trees are not always explicitly claimed to be be silicon-based, that just being an excuse to address the fact that these formations are made of rock. However, naming the article "giant trees" or "ancient giant trees" is also problematic, since these do exist. I also think that I shouldn't have included "hypothesis", because that may lead the reader to think that it was once genuinely considered by the scientific community. So, how could we name it alternatively? "Giant tree woo"? "Pseudobotany"? "Hypergiant tree"? "Giant tree pseudoscience"? Alternatively, we could just go with "Giant trees" and then separate fact from fiction. What do you think? Jagoe (talk) 11:57, 4 June 2018 (UTC)
- @Jagoe Silicon tree currently redirects here, I'd suggest reversing the relationship. —Kazitor 11:14, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
- That would be great.--Jagoe (talk) 10:35, 23 September 2018 (UTC)