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Here is where we post Regolith dusty ideas that aren't ready for prime time, ie, published on the front side of this page.

for instance, I know lith means stone but what's a Rego?

Len 07:29, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

According to Wikipedia:

Regolith (Greek: Ρηγόλιθος) is a layer of loose, heterogeneous material covering solid rock. The term is a combination of two Greek words: Rhegos (Greek: Ρήγος), which means blanket, and Lithos (Greek: Λίθος), which means rock. It includes dust, soil, broken rock, and other related materials and is present on Earth, the Moon, some asteroids, and other planets. The term was first defined by George P. Merrill in 1897 who stated, "In places this covering is made up of material originating through rock-weathering or plant growth in situ. In other instances it is of fragmental and more or less decomposed matter drifted by wind, water or ice from other sources. This entire mantle of unconsolidated material, whatever its nature or origin, it is proposed to call the regolith." <ref>Merrill, G. P. (1897) Rocks, rock-weathering and soils, New York: MacMillan Company, 411p.</ref>

--Navigaiter 17:21, 6 July 2009 (UTC)mmm. thanks Len -- a blanket of rock fragments of any size. And regolith can be on any body, not only Luna.
  • I like one definition of how Lunar regolith got there: "bedrock churned by meteorites." That gave me a vision of Luna suffering millenia of meteor strikes re-striking previous strikes, on and on forever, perpetual dart board of meteors.

Len 03:49, 7 July 2009 (UTC) For more info on regolith see

Len 16:18, 7 July 2009 (UTC) Another article on regolith -- Interesting mining section.

Navigaiter Oooh, I tried three times to read that file but face it, I hate dirt and mining, so it was too boring to finish. I expect regodust and dirt and gravel will prove to be useful asteroid soup. Might well be valuable concentration of metals and nimerals in there. More power to the miners who exploit those resources, as long as they do it on the Far Side of the Moon so that we won't have to see their slag heaps and mine tailings.

  • Severe mining restrictions must be in place BEFORE the miners get there or they'll prevent the enactment of forceful useful mining control.
  • Tourism all the way. A good boost for tourism would be to declare the moon TODAY an INTERNATIONAL WILDERNESS PRESERVE forever! That must also preclude military bases of any type. --Navigaiter 15:46, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
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