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wildcardjack: Arthur Prefect: [i.imgur.com image 580x350]You have the right handle to post that pic.
MrHappyRotter: These folks live out in a desert with no water. STILL ALIVE
Bungles: The thing about having lots of a physical thing there is you can just bloody test it and find out what it is, maybe, you know, before writing the article.
cryinoutloud: Somebody dumped a whole bunch of potting soil in the desert, and it had these things in it. The soil washed and blew away, these things kind of melted and didn't. Actually I don't know. But whatever it is, I'd be willing to bet that it's man-made trash, and not some naturally-occurring thing.I was more amused by the station's name. K-Gun "on your side." That's........OK, that's good. You never know when you might be menaced by shiny purple balls in the desert, or something.
justanotherfarkinfarker: I'm going to start leaving out of place things outdoors to confuse people.
cryinoutloud: I was more amused by the station's name. K-Gun
brantgoose: I haven't been able to find anything that looks exacty like these things, although they do seem to be nucleated and possibly contain embryos, as can be seen in close-up.My guess is that they are the eggs of some type of frog, salamander or a new species of legless amphibian like the one that was discovered in India (looks like an earthworm). The eggs of the latter are similar in that they aren't stuck together in a mass and they look purplish because of the colour of the tiny snake-like amphibian inside. They look rather like marbles.This is not the most likely candidate, however, because this new group of amphibians is only known from that one Indian species.There is apparently only one salamander species iin Arizona, so unless that is the culprit, I have to go with frog eggs. Unromantic, mundane but probable.
brantgoose: I Googled Roadside Picnic. Looks interesting. I like SF that delves into the sociology, politics, economics and so forth of alternative realities rather than being mere sword and bosom fantasy translated to space or a high tech world. Since it is downloadable, I'll probably have a look at it. I've nearly finished the Larry Niven novel I'm reading now.SF novels, like satires, tend to be portraits of the society which creates them, and thus to deal with real world concerns in imaginative ways. Not only do SF writers anticipate and "invent" a lot of technology, but they explore the problems this technology creates far better than the market place or government does.This looks like it is worth reading. Thanks for the reference, which is apt and drole as well as useful.
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