The most stupendous feature on Mars is Valles Marineris, the great trench stretching more than 3000 miles across the Martian surface. In the 1970’s the engineer Ralph Juergens first proposed that Valles Marineris is the scar left by a giant, interplanetary lightning bolt. If these events did occur, can they be replicated in experiments on Earth? Within the electric universe community, this challenge is now being met by those exploring the theory of planetary electrical scarring. Recently, geologic researcher Michael Steinbacher and experimentalist Billy Yelverton have collaborated to replicate the complex conditions that might have been present in an epoch of planetary instability. We asked Michael and Billy to provide an introduction to their collaboration, including BIlly’s recent reproduction of Valles Marineris.
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