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Mars globe. Depicting Lowellian canal system
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brass (copper, zinc alloy)
paper (fibre product)
overall: 290 mm 150 mm, .46kg
Flammarion type Mars globe, 15 cm (5 3/4-inch) in diameter, on ebonised wooden stand, by Eugene Marie Antoniadi, published by Emile Bertaux, Paris, France, 1896-99
This Mars globe shows surface details of the Red Planet observed and named by Giovanni Schiaparelli in 1877. Schiaparelli used the word canali to describe lines that seem to run between the darker areas.
Some astronomers, particularly Percival Lowell, believed these to be irrigation channels and therefore evidence of intelligent life on Mars. But later studies revealed a barren planet, although scientists are still searching for evidence of bacterial life.
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