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Because this is entirely uncited and, I believe, unfounded, I have removed this paragraph until someone can provide canon evidence:
- When a subspace rift forms, tetryon radiation levels in the vicinity increase rapidly and the high-energy distortion waves produced by such a rift have deleterious effects on a starship's shields and prolonged exposure to the waves will result in a catastrophic hull failure. Warp drive is rendered useless due to the dangerous effects of its use within a rift - using warp drive within a subspace rift can not only inflict heavy damage on a starship but it can also expand the rift further. However, it is possible to travel at faster-than-light speeds within a subspace rift if a starship's warp engines are saturated, engaged and disengaged before entering a rift. Taking such action will neither inflict heavy damage on a ship nor expand the rift further.
If citation can be found, please place this back into the article. --The Rev 16:52, 4 May 2006 (UTC)
- I just watched the episode "Force of Nature" again and the quoted paragraph seems to be directly derived from what was seen in the episode. The tetryon levels and the effects the rift had on the USS Fleming were both mentioned in dialogue, while the engine saturation technique was proposed by Data and used successfully by the Enterprise until the Fleming attempted to engage its warp drive. I am therefore putting this very much founded paragraph back into the article. -- Defstar 15:59, 18 April 2009 (UTC)
Rift vs. Rupture/Disruption Edit
In "If Wishes Were Horses", Dax suggests that a subspace disruption is the likely cause of the manifestations of their imaginations (presumable something like the galactic barrier or warp bubble effects, since there is apparently some connection between thoughts and subspace...). She also brings up the mid-23rd century Hanoli system incident, which involved a subspace rupture.