Once mankind has disappeared from this planet, how long will it be before all of our buildings and other traces of our existence disappear from view? Would they still be visible long after all vegetation and water has disappeared from the face of the Earth? Will the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, for example, stand forever as a testament to our existence? Or will they, too, crumble into the dust of time?

I was thinking about these futuristic issues after I came across an article with the headline Trio of Towers Found on Mars? on the Coast to Coast AM site. Apparently, one Jóse Luis Camacho Espina discovered the towers while studying images of the red planet, and “he proposes that they are massive ancient buildings which somehow managed to withstand the ravages of time on Mars.” There’s even a lengthy video accompanying the article, with all kinds of cool images.

Who knows if there was ever life on Mars, and what form it might have taken. Certainly, there is no evidence of skyscrapers like those on Planet Earth, but perhaps Martian life didn’t evolve as far as life on Earth has, hence the lack of signs of civilization. And even if there were Martian people, perhaps they lived in impermanent structures never designed to stand up for thousands of years, like the teepees, igloos, mud huts and the like here.

While thinking about all of this, I recalled a short article I wrote in my former newspaper blog and then posted here about the discovery by a NASA lander of a ladybug on Mars, and what it meant to the world.  It’s a fun read for a Sunday. Tap here to read it.

About Sunday Reads posts: This is a weekly feature started last Sunday giving us all a chance to point to an article or two that we found interesting in the preceding week, or the morning of. They can be offbeat, humorous, weighty commentary, whatever. Personally, I’ll probably go the lite route for this feature, since I post so much serious stuff during the week.

So, if you have any recommendations, please point to them in the readers’ comments section below.

Happy Sunday!

— Jillian

Photo: Mars (NASA)