Silicon based life


(OrganismOverlord) #1

Thats a little far fetched.

How about a civilization of races that are silicon based? Rather than carbon based?


An idea worstthan underwater civilization
Microbe stage is too similar to earth Microbes
(𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘±π’π’π’π’š π‘¬π’Žπ’‘π’†π’“π’π’“ 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒆𝒂𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅) #2

If the silicon based creatures breathed oxygen as we do, then that would be a little tricky.
As carbon based lifeforms breathe oxygen, we exhale carbon dioxide (a mixture of carbon and oxygen), a gas.
If silicon did this, they would exhale/excrete silicon dioxide (quartz), a solid. The respiration mechanism required would have to be quite ingenious. They would then have to get rid of this quartz, perhaps in the form of sand…
Short Answer: Hard, but possible.


(𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 π‘œπ’» π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”π“ˆ) #3

If humans where silicon based, then we would be coughing up quartz sand every time we exhaled, so defenitly (cant spell β€œdefenitly” correctly for the life of me) not with the lungs we have, silicon based lifeforms will probably need a completely different way of doing so.


(OrganismOverlord) #4

That’s a terrible way to live. Though silicon based organisms are an interesting topic to delve on.

How would they become sapient? How would they create civilization?


(𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 π‘œπ’» π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”π“ˆ) #5

Depends on the limits they have compared to carbon based lifeforms


(𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘±π’π’π’π’š π‘¬π’Žπ’‘π’†π’“π’π’“ 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒆𝒂𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅) #6

I believe that a silicon based lifeform would have a oneway respiration tract, breathing in oxygen and perhaps mixing the sand with water or mucus to dispose of it out the other end, instead of what carbon based beings do (in and out the same way)


(𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 π‘œπ’» π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”π“ˆ) #7

So it ends up in the digestive track, going out β€œthe other end”?


(The Third Duke of Silly) #8

Basically, except it may have mucus covering it.


(𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘±π’π’π’π’š π‘¬π’Žπ’‘π’†π’“π’π’“ 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒆𝒂𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅) #9

maybe, but I meant a seperate track, for respiration only


(𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 π‘œπ’» π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”π“ˆ) #10

Sounds neat!

Ya know, it seems like QuantumCrab, Biologicah and I seem pretty active compared to other users.


(The Third Duke of Silly) #11

So we have both the end of the digestive tract and a sort of organ that covers the quartz in a coat of mucus, as well as a sort of exhaling tube for the quartz to exit the body from?


(𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 π‘œπ’» π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”π“ˆ) #12

So essentially it could end up going through large pores, or go through a nose or something.


(The Third Duke of Silly) #13

I was thinking a sort of second anus, serves the same purpose but waste comes out of it much more often.


(𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 π‘œπ’» π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”π“ˆ) #14

Why not connect the seperate tubes into one intersection for more safety, i suppose?


(𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘±π’π’π’π’š π‘¬π’Žπ’‘π’†π’“π’π’“ 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒆𝒂𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅) #15

So creatures would leave long trails of gooey sand along the planets surface, and have two butts.

Silicon based lifeforms sound awesome!


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(The Third Duke of Silly) #16

There we have it, fellas.
Silicon-based life excretes mucus-coated sand through a separate anus-like structure.

Life is truly beautiful, sometimes in the strangest of ways.


(Askyw) #17

what the Belgium did I just read?


(α•α‰ΏαŠ­α•αˆαˆ­αˆ¨α‰Ώ αˆ¨α‹α‹ͺα‹•) #18

(OrganismOverlord) #19

Science can create so many amazing creatures. Lets hope we don’t see a bunch of creatures excreting mucus-coated sand through a second anal cavity in the future game.

Though they would be very interesting to research, albeit fun.


(𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 π‘œπ’» π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”π“ˆ) #20

In fact, would OTHER materials besides carbon and silicon be possible, albeit the right conditions?