Dune eats Star Wars

Eine Düne in der Wüste von Tunesien bewegt sich mit rund 15 Metern im Jahr auf verlassene Star Wars-Sets zu und dürfte sie in den nächsten Jahren vollständig verschlucken. Aber es handelt sich eh nur um die Sets von Phantom Menace und Mos Espa, wo Jar Jar Binks seine Zunge in den Repulsor-Antrieb von Anakins Podracer steckte und der Saga damit eine der peinlichsten Szenen überhaupt bescheerte. Ist also nicht wirklich schade drum. Trotzdem bemerkenswert: Dune eats Star Wars. Die Sets aus A New Hope wurden schon vor Jahren von Dünen überrannt, Bilder der zerstörten Sets von Ra Di Martino gingen letztes Jahr durchs Netz.

When dune movement is measured in satellite or aerial photos, positions are usually referenced to man-made structures that cross the desert out of necessity, like pipelines, roads or railroads. Desert-dwellers rarely erect buildings among moving dunes, for obvious reasons.

But one set of buildings were erected in the Tunisian desert without regard to their long-term survival in a dynamic desert environment. These are the buildings that portray the city of Mos Espa in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, filmed in 1997. This cluster of a couple of dozen buildings is in fact a major tourist attraction, conveniently reached from the nearby oasis town of Tozeur. […] We learned that the set was built in the midst of a dune field, actually the only set of dunes for quite some distance around, and that these dunes were in motion. In fact, a small set used in the shooting of Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope back in the 1970s had been overrun by a dune a couple of decades ago.

In 2009, a large barchan dune loomed just east of the site. But even only a few years ago, this dune was nowhere near! The Google Earth historical imagery allows you to look at several images taken in previous years, and we measured the position of this dune and several others relative to the easily-recognized buildings. It seems this dune has been moving at about 15 m/year!

Planetary.org: Dunes on Tatooine
National Geographic: Dune May Doom "Star Wars" Set (Bild: Shutterstock)