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[Mars Attacks!] Why do they need the nitrogen gum?

Our atmosphere is on the order of 71% nitrogen, so why would they need the gum to saturate it further?

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6 points · 2 years ago

The same reason we have nitrogen fixing bacteria, it's not in a usable form for them to use.

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Original Poster2 points · 2 years ago

Oh yeah, good point. Gaseous nitrogen is relatively inert, isn't it?

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3 points · 2 years ago

Yes, it takes bacteria in the soil to make it into a usable form, then plants take it to bring it into the food chain.

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