This latitude’s life-zone has mostly what we call minor water stealers—adapted to raiding each other for moisture, gobbling up the trace-dew.
Many creatures have adapted to this place.
We must use man as a constructive ecological force—inserting adapted terraform life: a plant here, an animal there, a man in that place—to transform the water cycle, to build a new kind of landscape.
Adaptive zones were laid out in the deep south far from Harkonnen watchers.
Now came the crucial test: date palms, cotton, melons, coffee, medicinals — more than 200 selected food plant types to test and adapt.
She knew the cant of the Missionaria Protectiva, knew how to adapt the techniques of legend and fear and hope to her emergency needs, but she sensed wild changes here …. as though someone had been in among these Fremen and capitalized on the Missionaria Protectiva’s imprint.
Completely adapted to the diet and the life here.
(See Varota.) CIELAGO: any modified Chiroptera of Arrakis adapted to carry distrans messages.
MUAD’DIB: the adapted kangaroo mouse of Arrakis, a creature associated in the Fremen earth-spirit mythology with a design visible on the planet’s second moon.
Now, they came in with deeper plantings — ephemerals (chenopods, pigweeds, and amaranth to begin), then scotch broom, low lupine, vine eucalyptus (the type adapted for Caladan’s northern reaches), dwarf tamarisk, shore pine — then the true desert growths: candelilla, saguaro, and bis-naga, the barrel cactus.
(It is said of Muad’Dib that once he watched a desert hawk chick emerge from its shell and whispered: "Kull wahad!") KULON: wild ass of Terra’s Asiatic steppes adapted for Arrakis.
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