Does Mars contain vast flat regions (non-mountainous) in which human beings are able to adapt to easily?

Please compare it to the other.. I just need to know other difficulties of living on Mars other than temperature, water etc...

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  • Rick
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    When you ask, 'compare it to the other' you need to say what you must compare it to. Venus? Earth? Callisto?

    Yes Mars does have vast flat areas. The entire north basin was thought (by some) to be a dried up ocean. It is very flat with a few hills mainly caused by late meteor impacts.

    The major problems about living on Mars include:

    - Very low air pressure. At 6 to 14 mBar you will need a space suit.

    - It is very cold especially at night.

    - The ground seems to be saturated with frozen water. If you build a base and this permafrost melts your buildings may collapse. (Alaska and northern Canada are having problems with melting permafrost. You could research the costs associated with this if you want.)

    - Energy. You need a dense energy source to do things and there are no fuels on Mars that we can use. So you will have to bring along a nuclear reactor or a LOT of heavy solar cells. Some people think wind power will work on Mars but the very thin air means that even a fast wind has very little power. Also the dust will damage moving parts.

    - Dust. Actually the Martian dust is so fine they are called 'fines'. These are in the 10's of micrometer in size and will cause rapid wear of moving parts. Also they are not good to breath. Some people over estimate the danger of fines pointing out that there are chemicals mixed with them that are not healthy. However, if you get them wet, (say by having people who come inside step thru a room with a water mist) the chemicals will react and become safer.

    - Solar Radiation. The Martian atmosphere is very deep because its gravity is so low. (In technical terms it has a scale height of 11 km.) This means that even tho there is not much pressure, there is more air above you than you might think. The current Martian atmosphere has enough mass to protect astronauts from the normal solar radiation. However if there was a solar flare, the astronauts should go inside to where there is a solar storm shelter. In the "Mars Direct" plan, sand bags filled with Martian dirt are put on top of the habitat to give extra radiation protection.

    - Cosmic Rays. Cosmic rays come from every direction and are so powerful that they can get thru Earth's atmosphere and some can even penetrate some distance below the ground. More of them will reach the Martian surface since its air is thinner. Note that the planet Mars stops half of all cosmic rays (the ones that would come up thru your feet) and the thin atmosphere does stop a few. The cosmic rays will do damage to people on Mars so if you were going to live your whole life there, you would want to spend most of your time in habitats with a meter of dirt on top for radiation protection and insulation from the cold. For a short trip to Mars cosmic rays will increase people's chances of dying, but by much less than smoking or mountain climbing do. (The book, "The Case for Mars" has a good section that looks at radiation danger for the Mars Direct plan and other methods of getting to Mars.)

    - Carbon dioxide poisoning is a slight concern. However, right now our space ships have a much higher pressure than the Martian air, so if there is a leak, our air will leak out. We won't have to worry about the CO2 leaking in. If your space ship or pressure suit is air tight enough to keep your air in, you don't have to worry about CO2 gradually building up from slow leaks.

    Warm regards, Rick.

    Source(s): Ask your librarian for the book "The Case for Mars" by Robert Zubrin. It has a lot of interesting stuff on living on Mars.
  • malara
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    effective version, to a skeptic, skill that a minimum of a few human beings survived the form, so in that sense we've consistently been waiting to evolve. There are a number of examples given right here the place human societies have did no longer evolve to climate adjustments, no longer climate activities - that is what seems to be going on with our cutting-edge-day fossil gas ruled society.

  • GeoffG
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Certainly Mars has large flat regions, but the other reasons you mention (plus many others) make it unsuitable for human occupation.

  • 1 decade ago

    k, let's go through all the techno-babble from sci-fi movies about Mars =)

    atmosphere [content, weather]


    natural resources [food, fuel, building material]

    natural shelter/housing

    dust EVERYWHERE [a problem NASA had to contend with]

    Martians [but that may be the sci-fi talking]

    unknown variables [zombies]

    So, i'd say no, not easily.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yhp...yhp it sure does.....

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


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