Hellas a Crater – a poem by Kate Rauner

The largest impact crater seen,
The largest that we’ve found,
Could not exist on gaseous worlds,
It’s gouged in rocky ground
The Hellas Basin’s found on Mars,
From crater rim to dusty floor,
Nine thousand meters is its depth,
The height that airplanes soar.
The basin sits at antipode
To enormous shield volcanoes
That rise upon the Tharsis Bulge,
Punched right through the globe.
Dust emerges from its depths,
Storm after storm a’ chasing,
Enveloping and planet wide,
It should be called Hell’s Basin.

I’m working on a novel about colonizing Mars, and dust will be a huge problem. The Hellas Basin is known for its dust storms.

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