Jet Black and the Planet of the Acid Ants #10
By john Stevenson
Copyright 2013 John Stevenson
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The planet was weird and extremely old. There was little, if any, tectonic movement and over the millennia all its hills and mountains, or any other surface projection had been eroded away: the craters and rifts that had ripped open the young planets had now all been buried: from one pole to the other it was perfectly flat. Once oceans and lakes were now vast areas of deltas; rivers that had once carved and meandered had nowhere to go and became shallow and stagnant.
As it happened the ratio of past Ocean to land, was close to equal, creating a wetland that was almost planet wide. In the equatorial zones this manifested as mangrove swamp; in the temperate zones it was marshland, and in the Polar Regions bog.
It was on the whole an unlikely place for life to spring up, but spring up it had.