Real Life Meets Science Fiction:
A Study of Exploitation from Earth to Dune

by Lainey McFarlane and Molly Papows


After extensive observation of whale behavior and time spent watching live video, we have come to appreciate the beauty of this species. However, man used to exploit these mammals for their ambergris, just as the Fremen of the planet Dune depended on sandworms in order to cultivate spice. Both of these creatures were feared for their size and strength before their importance was realized. As a result unnecessary deaths occurred before man recognized their place in the ecosystem. What would happen to Earth if whales were to go extinct? What would happen to the people of Dune without sandworms? This website will address the effects both physical and cultural of life without these species.