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There are hardly any straight lines in nature. Rivers meander and the seashores are carved by bays. Mountains come in all shapes and sizes. But man likes to draw straight lines. He builds straight dams because they are cheeper and cuts straight paths through the forests because they are shorter. Man is a rational being and makes things as best as he can. And so, some scientists decided that the straight Martian "canals" had been constructed by rational beings. They said that there was little water on Mars.

Shaking with fury, the witch chased after the heroes. She cast a mist over them which shrouded the boat but the heroes were not afraid. Vainamoinen unsheathed his sword and cut through the mist. Then the evil witch cast terrible waves against the boat, but the heroes steered away from them. Then Louhi summoned the winds to her aid. They pounced on the boat in a storm, but the valiant heroes managed to deal with the storm. The enraged old witch roused all the people of Pohjola to pursue the hateful strangers.

Ho amazing! It's not like that on the Eart But these amazing features of Mercu turn out to be very convenient for u In half a year of travelling we could re twice and live in the same place for tw weeks. True, when the Sun again s out across the sky, we had to travel 150-2 kilometres a day to k~ep up with it, b that was not difficult in our cross-count vehicle. So now we have travelled round a the planet and seen everything. It's, course, a pity that there are no livi creatures on Mercury: only stones whi are silent and motionless everywher It is a dead world like the Moon.

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