Is Mars Habitable?

Is Mars Habitable?
A Critical Examination of Professor Percival Lowell's Book 'Mars and Its Canals,' with an Alternative Explanation

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Is Mars Habitable? by Alfred Russel Wallace

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1907

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Is Mars Habitable?
A Critical Examination of Professor Percival Lowell's Book 'Mars and Its Canals,' with an Alternative Explanation

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s. In fact, under the best conditions these 'seas' lost all trace of uniformity, their appearance being that of a mountainous country, broken by ridges, rifts, and canyons, seen from a great elevation. As we shall see later on these doubts soon became certainties, and it is now almost universally admitted that Mars possesses no permanent bodies of water.

CHAPTER II.

MR. PERCIVAL LOWELL'S DISCOVERIES AND THEORIES.

The Observatory in Arizona.

In 1894, after a careful search for the best atmospheric conditions, Mr. Lowell established his observatory near the town of Flagstaff in Arizona, in a very dry and uniform climate, and at an elevation of 7300 feet above the sea. He then possessed a fine equatorial telescope of 18 inches aperture and 26 feet focal length, besides two smaller ones, all of the best quality. To these he added in 1896 a telescope with 24 inch object glass, the last work of the celebrated firm of

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