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NEW SEQUA BUREAU OF ECOLOGY
Size: ~11,430km in diameter
Ecological Status: E (Denizens show minimal use of tools or language, unlikely to grasp abstract concepts, ecosystem is not disrupted by deliberate action)
Conservation Notes: Greatest threat is foreign disruption (little economic/strategic value)
Description: Four main continents cover ~two-thirds of the planet. Primarily desert around the equator, arid with megaflora dotting the landscape. Extensive chasms and slot canyons point to a churning geological past, but conclusions are still elusive. Ice caps form at the poles, in an erratic multi-decade cycle, melting to carve out further canyons.
Fauna is primarily lizards and insects, with a few taxonomy-defying megafauna. Funding permitting, the Bureau is drafting plans to investigate, in compliance with the strictest standards of non-intrusive research ethics.