27 September 2009

Welcome to Mars! … I mean, Syndey

Posted by Ryan Anderson


Last week a dust storm swept its way from the Australian outback and blanketed Sydney with orange dust. The dust storm was pretty large for Earth: 500km x 1000 km, and unusual in that it managed to reach Sydney instead of petering out in the outback. The Big Picture has a great series of photos of the storm, many of which look remarkably martian (if you ignore the water and trees and people …). I can’t help imagining these photos as reports from martian colonists weathering a storm that lasts for months instead of just a day and covers the entire planet, not just a small patch.