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Mars 2212: Part 1. The northern plains and the equatorial ocean

Published September 7th, 2012

Extracts from a recently rediscovered travelogue about a trip to the abandoned Earth colony on Mars in the early expansionist days of the colonial empire

Abandoned (DSC_0015)

The abandoned shells of aboriginal Martian dwellings litter the plains to the north of the Valles Marineris. Earth settlers gradually drove the natives out of this temperate and habitable area of the red planet...

Read the story: Mars 2212 part 1.

  • March 9th, 2006
  • Nikon D70
  • 25mm / f/13 / 1/640 sec

Salt pools (DSC_0023)

Inhospitably salty pools are left by the retreating Equatorial Ocean. Mars' extinct bodies of water were replenished by terraforming in the previous century, but following the abandonment of the colony, the planet's natural aridity is slowly returning...

Read the story: Mars 2212 part 1.

  • March 9th, 2006
  • Nikon D70
  • 18mm / f/16 / 1/1000 sec

Striata (DSC_0019)

The liminal areas of the pools are often shaped by erosion into beautifully sculptural forms...

Read the story: Mars 2212 part 1.

  • March 9th, 2006
  • Nikon D70
  • 29mm / f/11 / 1/500 sec

Windmills (DSC_0027)

Early Earth colonists were quick to exploit the severe winds, one of Mars' most bountiful natural resources, to generate electricity for irrigation pumps. The Northern Plains have a huge network of wind-powered irrigation canals, now fallen into disrepair...

Read the story: Mars 2212 part 1.

  • March 9th, 2006
  • Nikon D70
  • 34mm / f/14 / 1/800 sec

Signs of life (DSC_0035)

The tidal pools bordering the lagoons that remain of the Martian Equatorial Ocean still harbour traces of hardy plant and invertebrate life...

Read the story: Mars 2212 part 1.

  • March 9th, 2006
  • Nikon D70
  • 55mm / f/14 / 1/800 sec

Death in a dry climate (DSC_0101)

Vertebrate life forms did not fare so well. This Martian Anguilla, an eel species introduced by the early Earth terraformers, is now all but extinct. Mummified corpses are often found on the shrinking ocean's edge...

Read the story: Mars 2212 part 1.

  • March 9th, 2006
  • Nikon D70
  • 70mm / f/11 / 1/500 sec

Mourning stars (DSC_0041)

These hybridised succulents have proven surprisingly resilient. The "mourning" of the name refers to the 400 Martian days and nights that pioneer terraformer Ochen Kazilawe spent grieving for his partner Jack O'Flynn, the first dead of the new Mars,..

Read the story: Mars 2212 part 1.

  • March 9th, 2006
  • Nikon D70
  • 70mm / f/13 / 1/640 sec
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"She lays down. She lays. She." – artist unknown (DSC_0066)

Aboriginal Martian art from the early colonial period often depicts the fascination that Earth women held for the artisans of the planet. Beyond the irrigation canal is a grove of native pomponi tree; further back, the brooding and ever present menace of the volcano belt.

Read the story: Mars 2212 part 1.

The lagoon at dusk (DSC_0047)

Desalination plants worked day and night to provide Earthers with potable water in the heyday of the colonial period. Now they lie disused, in the twilight of Earth's first planetary outpost. The volcanoes endure. The foothills of Olympus Mons loom in the background, seemingly ready to reclaim the red planet. It's to these volcanic badlands that we will next travel...

The end of Mars 2212 part 1.

Part 2 coming soon...

  • March 9th, 2006
  • Nikon D70
  • 18mm / f/14 / 1/800 sec

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ramon4
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Ramón Fernández  about 1 year ago
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Congratulations Kaoru, excellent exercise of imagination, very well done. And a lovely Martian Aguilla, I would like to try it with some cider :)
draGnet
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Kaoru Sato  about 1 year ago
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Oh thank you. I must do another set of these. I have some amazing volcano shots from "Mars"
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mario de marzi  almost 3 years ago
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Veramente affascinante. Complimenti per le immagini e per la realizzazione dell'eccellente idea.
Un saluto
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Kaoru Sato  almost 3 years ago
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Grazie mille, Mario :)