“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled dune, clothed with many plants of many kinds, all produced by laws acting around us. There is grandeur in this view of life, where so unforgiving an environment has taken but one common ancestor, and, over the millennia, forged such marvellous forms most beautiful. That this should occur, as it does elsewhere, in such an inhospitable place, speaks to the power and the universality of evolution – a creative force that that exceeds the Force in its impact in our galaxy.” from The Origin of Tatooine Species, by Momaw Nadon (50 BBY – 50 ABY).
Actually, “This week, in the blogosphere…” a group of science bloggers has posted a collective look at the biology and ecology of Tatooine, home to Luke and the Skywalker family, place of exile for Obi Wan Kenobi, and stomping ground to marauding bands of Tusken Raiders. Tatooine is a harsh, desert environment that pushes organism’s ability to adapt and survive to the limit. The posts look at the botany, the zoology and the ecology of the planet, and how it got that way (in David Ng’s Tatooine version of the IPCC report). Here are the links to the seven posts: