Makes me wonder living on Mars is going to be even harder than just fighting the elements - protecting against regular impacts of this power!
PS: Nature article later talks of usefulness of meteor impacts as hammers. There is a very interesting novel that explores this idea at great length: "Utopia" by Roger McBride Allen. A badly terraformed world is dying because thermal distribution is not happening right. Someone thinks the problem can be fixed by linking up northern seas with equatorial ones - they're'nt naturally connected here. How to do it economically, & in the few years or decades before the place becomes inhabitable? Use natural meteors & guide them as hammers hitting the necessary places to aid digging!
[via Bruce Sterling]
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