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Old 26 June 2008, 12:06 AM
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Default How the earth might look with a giant crater

The Times had a mildly interesting story about a giant crater on Mars which they decided to illustrate with a picture of "How the Earth might look with a similar sized crater, 5,300 miles wide and 6,600 miles long, embedded in it"

It is possibly the worst, and least thought out, speculative photoshop I've ever seen - especially for a major publication.

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Old 26 June 2008, 12:13 AM
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Wow... anyone with the barest rudiments of grade school physics knows that the one thing you can be sure of is that the Earth wouldn't look anything like that. There are just so many things wrong with that picture...

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Old 26 June 2008, 01:42 AM
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Oh, but wouldn't that be fun to abseil!
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Old 26 June 2008, 01:42 AM
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Apparently the crater is so terrible that the oceanic waters shy away in fear!
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Old 26 June 2008, 01:53 AM
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I'm voting for "fake".
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Old 26 June 2008, 02:00 AM
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I'm voting for "fake".
Well, the shadows are wrong to begin with.

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(Well they are wrong...)
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Old 26 June 2008, 03:24 AM
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Chill, kids. The photo is for size comparison, not scientific accuracy.
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Old 26 June 2008, 03:50 AM
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Dude, I'm thinking *Best.Skatebarding.Park...Ever!!*
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Old 26 June 2008, 03:57 AM
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Chill, kids. The photo is for size comparison, not scientific accuracy.
Yeah, but normally they at least try to put a little effort into it and make it seem vaguely plausible... this is a hack job of the worst kind.
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Old 26 June 2008, 04:04 AM
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Its a bit like suggesting that humans could have evolved to have fur all over their bodies and then demonstrating this with a picture of a human head superimposed on a gorilla's body. Just silly really.

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Old 26 June 2008, 04:24 AM
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Chill, kids. The photo is for size comparison, not scientific accuracy.
What's with the eye rolling? This is the caption:
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How the Earth might look with a similar sized crater, 5,300 miles wide and 6,600 miles long, embedded in it.
How do you get that it's only for size comparison? If that were the case, I would expect it to say, "To get an idea of the scale of the crater, here's the earth, with a crater of the same size superimposed on it"

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Old 26 June 2008, 04:25 AM
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Is the crater on Mars even that deep? If not, then it's a pretty poor size comparison.
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Old 26 June 2008, 04:55 AM
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Is the crater on Mars even that deep? If not, then it's a pretty poor size comparison.
Of course not. Mars is a little smaller than the Earth so that crater would go almost halfway through the planet. Mars is still round.

The depression they're talking about isn't even visible at that distance. It's just a little over a third of the planet with a slightly lower elevation, maybe akin to our own Pacific Ocean (only no tectonic activity for a long time and, obviously, no liquid water).
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Old 26 June 2008, 05:07 AM
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The article also missed the most important aspect of the basin: It is the part of Mars with the smoothest (and therefore roundest) surface. It's only called a "crater" because some (but not all) scientists think it was formed by an impact. It's surface is "one of the smoothest surfaces in the solar system", much like the wide and smooth mares on our Moon. Honestly, I think grade school kids really could done a better job of illustrating this "crater".
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Old 26 June 2008, 05:19 AM
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Perhaps it would work better if the photo caption was "How the Earth might look if it just had bite taken out of it by a Giant Mutant Space Goat"

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Old 26 June 2008, 09:33 AM
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The first thing I thought of when I saw that utterly risible image was "bugger! where am I gonna get my champagne from now?!"

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Old 26 June 2008, 11:34 AM
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The first thing I thought of when I saw that utterly risible image was "bugger! where am I gonna get my champagne from now?!"

Never mind that, where am I going to live?!
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Old 26 June 2008, 11:46 AM
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Never mind that, where am I going to live?!
Ooh we lost Southampton did we? Dashed bad luck that
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Old 26 June 2008, 11:59 AM
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It's funny no paper brought that pic with the headline:

"Al Qaeda's plan to blow up the Earth".
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Old 26 June 2008, 12:00 PM
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Apparently the crater is so terrible that the oceanic waters shy away in fear!
I was wondering why the crater was empty too. Yeah, that's a bad graphic.
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