Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Ocean Planet Tulip

Tulip - It's a planet.  It's the second extra-solar planet that humans have colonized.  And it's a beautiful place - all twelve square miles of it.  That's all the bigger the main island is - the rest of the planet is submerged under a freshwater ocean.  Yep, that's right - barely any salt, but plenty of water, and no continents.  But like I said, it's a beautiful place.  The one island, in fact, looks a bit like a flower as seen from orbit - that's just the pink residuals from the acidic lichen they had to sand-blast off the rocks before dropping down the settlements.  Oh, yeah, the lichen isn't really gone - all the sand-blasting really did was drive the spores deeper into the pores in the rock.

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