For all those 'Star Wars' fans who would rather forget that those terrible prequel films ever happened, Mother Nature is here to lend a hand.
The fictional city of Mos Espa, built in the Tunisian Desert for "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace," is under threat by a giant Pac-Man-shaped sand dune known as a 'barchan.' The behemoth of doom is moving across the desert at the rate of about 50 feet per year. Researchers are using the film set to study the barchan; which has known cousins on Mars and Saturn's moon Titan.
Fortunately for Mos Espa, the Tunisian government may step in to perform some dune remediation, owing to the site's value in the tourism trade.
If those efforts fail and the city falls prey to the barchan, tourism officials only have to wait while the dune passes over the site.
Check out a 2008 video from the Mos Espa set (including views from the encroaching barchan) below. As an aside, George Lucas never should have killed Darth Maul. What a great villain! Discuss below.
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