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    Quick thought: aliens vs metal detectors

    As a mega decade-plus reader (much more of a doer than talker-poster), as well as a sci fi fan (some)...a thought...
    We struggle to understand, produce, and to master a metal detector that can find even one mineral on our own planet, we often struggle/debate identifying something just 3 inches below our own feet. Think that though a bit, at least into that next paragraph.
    If any alien civilization at all bothers with us, which would inevitably SUCK, and I'm pretty sure they won't be wallowing in our mud for specks of gold/whatever (Gold is largely ridiculous overall, except in perceived value...don't get me wrong, I'll take yours if you don't want it ).

    Sooo, thoughts...if you were an alien to this planet, what resources would you prioritize, and why? Pick whatever alien scenario you like as long as it's semi-plausable, please. And skip the obvious like water and atmosphere...think a bit outside the box! Go!

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    In most sci-fi the aliens are usually depicted as appearing less than pleasing to the eye so how about earth women?

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    Quick thought: aliens vs metal detectors

    Funny I was just pondering about something like this the other day. I was thinking if theyíre studying us and watching what weíre doing and I thought what would they be thinking while watching us exctract gold and other minerals from our planet. Is it silly to them or do they understand itís monetary value to man? To answer your question, I think the resources they would be interested in or already taking from us are our planets natural minerals. I think our oil and natural gas resources would also be of priority to them. I mean do you think those things run on some kind of high powered battery or solar recharge system??.. I doubt it, itís gotta be something that could propel a craft at that speed like nuclear propulsion, like from uranium or some other nuclear fuel that causes no harmful green house gases because they leave no trace of fumes or odour when they visit.
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    I would just think about it the other way around.......what would WE go to take if we were the ones exploring the Galaxy. IMO, it would be whatever we need or want the most.....be it gold, food, oxygen, etc. I would expect aliens to do the same.
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    They wouldn’t come here. They’d get close enough to see all of our space junk and realize that we are idiots and have probably made a mess of any resources already. They would be right.

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    Perhaps studying us, to see how long we last, at this rate...!!
    Who knows...?
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    I think aliens would be more interested in determining why gas is continually being expelled from Uranus.....

    https://www.sciencealert.com/uranus-...gas-into-space
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    They may not be coming for anything other than just to say "Howdy"..

    As for our resources, what we call "precious metals" are generally found
    in vast quantities in meteors flying all over the galaxy. Gold, platinum,
    nickel, diamonds, etc.

    Water is very common all over the universe, usually in ice form. Hydrogen
    is the most common element in the universe, so they aren't after our
    water or air.

    One thing they can not find elsewhere (as far as we know) is our diverse
    life forms, from whales to virus's. Maybe they're meat eaters and looking
    for Earth cows and chickens?

    Ultimately, they could be just saying hello, or, they're going to kill us all
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    I read once that the universe has all the basics - minerals, water ice, et al that alien life could access without coming here - one thing they don't have - chlorophyll.

    Just a piece of trivia from my mind.
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    I would be totally baffled by humanity and all their antics! Oh, wait! I already am totally baffled!
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    After all these years, I still prioritize gold.
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    According to ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablets, aliens have already spent considerable time on earth mining gold to repair their planets atmosphere. They eventually hybridized humans to do the hard work for them, and we are programmed to desire gold so that when they return they can put us to work mining gold for them again.
    In the meantime if you get abducted by aliens, be sure to hang onto any gold jewelry you are wearing, as they will take it from you in the twinkling of an eye.

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    So who has got probed, I want to hear those storyís.

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