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All [[settlement|settlements]] generate waste [[biomass]] as a direct result of their biological population. '''Waste biomass recycling''' is a vital part of any [[colonization strategy]].  
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All [[settlement|settlements]] generate waste [[biomass]] as a direct result of their biological population. '''Waste biomass recycling''' is a vital part of any [[colonization strategy]].
  
 
==Bone==
 
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===Water===
 
===Water===
 
Urine can be filtered or distilled to provide water. This method of [[water reclamation]] is used on the [[International Space Station|ISS]].
 
Urine can be filtered or distilled to provide water. This method of [[water reclamation]] is used on the [[International Space Station|ISS]].
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===Antiseptic===
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In extreme emergencies, urine can be used as an [[antiseptic]].
  
 
==Plant Remnants==
 
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===Paper===
 
===Paper===
 
The cell walls of plants contain [[cellulose]], the main component of [[paper]].
 
The cell walls of plants contain [[cellulose]], the main component of [[paper]].
I'll put in _Coraline_ as another movie which used 3D efiletfvcey. Henry Selick's twisted environmental design benefits from feeling  around you . On the other hand, _Beowulf_ gained absolutely nothing from being 3D (or from much else). And the 3D effects of the recent _Alice_ felt flat  no doubt because of the post-production hackery that Isaac mentioned.But I accept that the studios decide these things. Like book cover art  the author doesn't get to decide, in the end.
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From [[grass]] mats to fine [[linen]], [[human|humans]] have been using [[plant fibers]] to make [[textiles]].
 
===Other Goods===
 
===Other Goods===
 
[[Corn]] husks, [[wheat]] stalks, and [[vines]] can be made into a variety of goods.
 
[[Corn]] husks, [[wheat]] stalks, and [[vines]] can be made into a variety of goods.

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All settlements generate waste biomass as a direct result of their biological population. Waste biomass recycling is a vital part of any colonization strategy.

Bone

A settlement's initial supply of bone will be low, as the majority of farming will be plant-based.

Bone Ash

Bone ash is the result of burning bone. It is used in the manufacture of fertilizer and ceramics.

Bone Char

Bone char is created by charring bone. It is useful in filters, where it acts similarly to charcoal. It captures metals such as fluorine, copper, and zinc. Bone char is also used as a pigment.

Bone Meal

Crushed bone is used as a fertilizer.

Collagen and Gelatin

The bones and connective tissue of animals contain collagen, which can be extracted. The collagen can by hydrolyzed into gelatin, used in many foods and other products.

Urine

Most terrestrial animals flush waste from their bodies with water, producing urine.

Industrial Chemicals

Urine contains ammonia and urea, both useful in industry. Saltpeter is harvested from stale urine.

Fertilizer

Urine contains high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus.

Water

Urine can be filtered or distilled to provide water. This method of water reclamation is used on the ISS.

Antiseptic

In extreme emergencies, urine can be used as an antiseptic.

Plant Remnants

Plants grown primarily for food and life support can provide several side benefits.

Paper

The cell walls of plants contain cellulose, the main component of paper.

Textiles

From grass mats to fine linen, humans have been using plant fibers to make textiles.

Other Goods

Corn husks, wheat stalks, and vines can be made into a variety of goods.

Construction Materials

Biomass has been used in construction since the beginning of human history. Wood is often used by itself to construct large structures. Dead plants can be mixed with cob or brick, adding strength.

Miscellaneous Biomass

Hydrocarbons

Many types of biomass are well suited to Hydrocarbon synthesis. Methane and other small hydrocarbons are produced naturally by certain types of microbes and cows as they feed on biomass.

Compost and Feed

Much of the waste biomass of a settlement will be used to feed the organisms in the greenhouses. Plants, algae, and certain fish and insects feed directly on waste biomass. A compost heap is easy to maintain, even in a Martian settlement.