Discovered circa-2120 by Federation scientist Gloria Gaban, Gabanium is a highly complex gaseous compound used for terraforming.

Introduced to the atmosphere via controlled detonations, the gas bonds with the hostile atmosphere in order to cause the chemical reactions necessary to bring the air into line with the nitrogen/oxygen mixture required to sustain carbon-based life, such as humanity.

First used on Mars in the same year, the predictions made by the scientists postulated that the entire planet would be completely terraformed and suitable for the sustenance of human life without technological assistance in approximately 300 years.