posted on May, 19 2004 @ 11:10 PM
It's interesting to think that those might be trees.
First, to get the groundwater, the trees would have to have some really deep roots, which in turn leads to a greater stability, helping protect them
from the harsh storms.
Second, (Time to bring in some drug expiriences, lol) Marijuana plants grown at high altitudes commonly have leaves turn purple. This (I'll have to
doublecheck this) is from a couple things: thin air (can't remember how this works... maybe someone here is a horticulturist?), more UV radiation (if
you are seeing purple, that is the light that ISN"T getting absorbed, but rather reflected. This is part of how a plant can reduce UV intake). So,
since Mars has alot less atmosphere and higher UV radiation, any plant life growing there would probably be purplish.
I imagine that the leaves of these trees are retractable. We all know that a tube is stronger than a solid, and I believe that leaves would either be
similar to a coniferous tree here on Earth, or similar to some of the life in the ocean (the ones who pull back into tubes). I'd have to say that the
tube one would be more common. It would enable the tree to extend a fern-like (high surface area) leaf to collect CO2, and withdrawl when a storm
Possible, also, if there are trees on mars, they could very well have more than one trunk. Obviously these trees would need some kind of stability,
and it's easier to stand on a table than a pogo-stick.
Well, I think I'm done thinking aloud on this one.... it's starting to get away from simple scientific pondering.