Humans are mostly water. Earth is mostly water. Nearly all things on this little blue world are made of water.
There is now conclusive evidence of water on Mars. It is mostly ice. Though we’ve detected H20 as vapor in the air and in brines in the red, southern soil.
Ancient streams carved canyons on the red planet. Once, planetary geologists believe, Mars was home to vast oceans. Even the God of War found use for the molecule of life.
You wonder, what were the waves and tides like on Mars. Two foot rollers? Forty foot Mavericks? Four hundred foot tsunamis?
Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos. Maybe they pulled and fought over the oceans for so long, Mars decided to dry up and burn instead.
Just this month, researchers announced that the Martian surface in the Ismenius Lacus quadrangle was altered by two enormous tsunamis. The great waves were caused by asteroid collisions, and swept ice and red boulders and debris clear across the planet. Scientists argue that this is the greatest evidence for an oceanic Mars. An epic disaster.
As a toddler, you sat on the sand and spoke to the green Atlantic, let the foam tickle your toes and thighs as it rushed in and out. You tossed sand into the waves, daring the tide to show you what it’s really made of.
When you were slightly bigger, you played in the shore break. The waves lifted your tiny body into a barrel roll and threw you hard into the sandy bottom. Over and over until your skin was red from abrasion. You never minded the rough play. Or the burning salt in your nose and sinuses and chest. The sand in your suit was a badge of honor.
Once, a wave lifted you, threw you down, and held you there. As if arms were pressing your head and chest and legs down, the wave held you there. Even as you kicked, clawed through bubbles, they did not release you.
She said: Yes, little one, we play. But know who I am. What I am. My give and take, give and take.
You were thrown up and onto the shore, coughing, salt-soaked, awed.
So little of the universe is solid ground. Creation is all ocean and wave.