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Dome of Giant Insects

Nightmare fuel for some, awesomeness for others
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The carboniferous era had oxygen levels 30% higher than today.

This incredible oxygen level allowed for the evolution of giant insects, spiders, and the like.

If a large dome was climate controlled to have the climate of a swamp and the excess oxygen, we can create some truly amazing insect specimens. Imagine butterflies with 2-foot wingspans (or more). A preserved 3-foot spider would make a great gag gift! Some brave humans might select for the larger specimens as we go, or we could just see what nature does.

because of the short lifespan of insects, we should be able to see the gigantism process begin and progress rather rapidly.

While some might consider a land of giant bugs reckless, they would of course depend on the insanely high oxygen levels, and thus the worst case scenario of escapes is, the escapees die.

Madai, May 13 2013

Bigger_20Insects [spidermother, May 13 2013]


       What's not to like?
MaxwellBuchanan, May 13 2013

       Plus, people could go there to get high from the excess oxygen!
Kansan101, May 13 2013

       //worst case scenario// - well, I'm certain that movie makers would be lined up to film the creatures therein, so "best case" might be a few actors get Shelob'd into the treetops.
lurch, May 13 2013

       This is great! although some of the interesting creatures would be quite scary, I suspect I'd be able to run-away quite well....
bs0u0155, May 14 2013

       //the worst case scenario of escapes in, the escapees die."   

       Dr. Ian Malcolm: No, I'm, I'm simply saying that life, uh... finds a way   

       Still gets my bun though!
AusCan531, May 14 2013

       You want me to go in .... there?!?!? Nope nope nope. (Bun)
not_only_but_also, May 19 2013

       I would like to press my bare testicles against the glass.
rcarty, May 20 2013

       //I would like to press my bare testicles against the glass.//   

       From the inside or the outside?   

ytk, May 20 2013

       Haha, yeah I like intersubjective phenomena too.   

       But ''I love you too Internet text'' is up there with ''I love you too telephone'', ''I love you too handheld device'', and ''I love you too soundwaves''.
rcarty, May 20 2013

       This could solve any food shortage. Thanksgiving abdomen segment with accompanying claw cracker, anyone.
wjt, May 20 2013

       Mmmmm...giant mealworms.
skinflaps, May 20 2013


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