First, this account is a replacement for my old one, Jobah_HigherMind, because I forgot the password after being inactive for four months. But I’m moving away from Algennon questions, at least for now, and moving back to Safespace, my science fiction setting!
The dust planet Ganoda was long condemned as a barren world, useless to the Unified Intergalactic League. As part of the Fringe (a region of Safespace that will certainly incite more questions), it held little interest to the UIL. That is, until a few ecological survey ships landed and were immediately captured by the Motuns, the indigenous human dwellers of this planet. Since sapient beings could live here, the League immediately began a microcolonization project after negotiating for the freedom of the ecologists. This has led to the discovery of one of the most important substances in the Fringe: carrangan. Ganoda is rife with small pockets of water a few feet beneath the surface. Many of these pockets are breeding grounds of the bacterium Ganorius chiretha. G. chiretha is an autotroph, and excretes a film of distinctive mauve fluid over these water pockets after feeding. This fluid is carrangan, and it has two forms. The tempered form of carrangan occurs when the chemical is mixed with water. It flows slowly and is edible, albeit somewhat bitter. The untempered form of carrangan occurs when carrangan dries. It flows slowly, is inedible, and serves as a powerful adhesive. Drying out or dampening the chemical causes it to transition between these forms. So what do you think? Is carrangan possible? If so, how does it affect the ecosystem and economy of Ganoda?