The Sands of Mars

Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

(Matthew 15:14) KJV

The Martian landscape has been observed since the first telescopes and the cause of its evident erosion features is the source of scientific speculation which is an early foray into the world of SciFi.

In 1877 Giovanni Schiaparelli described canals on Mars. These have been widely refuted but lead to the burst of literary creativity about possible civilization on Mars. Now that we have direct observation of the Martian surface we can see that there aren’t any canals, but the surface shows a wide variety of erosion features which look like the effect of water.

Popular science (SciPop) rounds up the usual suspects and produces whatever trope it wants in order to account for the formation of the Martian landscape. Unfortunately the SciPop narrative isn’t a testable hypothesis, so it’s not scientific. In their science-less evidence-free induction the cause may now be climate change, or aliens. Depending on what photos the Mars Rover takes, and who’s looking at them, it could change tomorrow.

In a twist which is beyond ironic, we’re told that the mile-high mounds of sediment that make up the erosion features of Mars were formed during its Noachian period. If it wasn’t so sad it would be funny. Was there ever a better example of the blind leading the blind?

Aliens Did Not Carve Mile-High Mounds On Mars, Climate Change And Strong Winds Did

No, it wasn’t aliens, climate change or strong winds. It was Noah’s flood.

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