Those of you who know me know that I’m unhappy living here in Arizona. The landscape and ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert, while beautiful to many, is too dry, rocky, and devoid of life for me to enjoy living here.
After my time here, I’ve decided that, were it somehow offered to me, I would probably pass on the opportunity to go to Mars. And so I present to you a little game I call “Mars or Arizona,” where I will show you some pictures, and you get to guess which ones are pictures of Mars and which ones are pictures of Arizona. Sound easy?
Well let’s bring on the pictures, and see if you can tell the difference?
Well? Were you able to tell which is Mars and which is Arizona? Sure, some of them may be easy, because there are living things in them, and the 6th one is easy, because that’s the Grand Canyon, but the rest may not be so simple. So, without further ado, here are your answers:
- Arizona (notice the plant in the middle?)
- Mars (Mars is typically littered with smaller, craggier rocks)
- Mars (an example of Martian dunes)
- Mars (because nobody expects three Mars in a row!)
- Arizona (do the dunes look like the Martian ones to you?)
- Arizona (the Grand Canyon)
- Mars (and is this then what you call the Martian Grand Canyon?)
- Mars (nice crater)
- Arizona (meteor crater — notice the trees dotting the lower portion of the rim?)
- Arizona (the blue sky gives it away)
- Mars (this is the rim of Victoria Crater)
- Arizona (part of the landscape near meteor crater)
- Mars (nice scarp)
Were you able to get all of them? So if you want to live on Mars, my recommendation is that you come to Arizona. We’ve got everything they’ve got, plus an atmosphere and life and water. Well, the life and water is relative…