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This deep cut into the surface of Mars means more than just a pretty view for colonists. The trench is both an obstruction and an ideal place to build cities. Driving through the area means large delays caused by switchbacks in the highways leading up or down. However, the lower altitudes in the center of the trenches will be some of the first places on Mars to benefit from the terraforming. Cities are being planned as cliff dwellings (see Echus Overlook ) and tented portions of the narrower parts of the canyons (see Barsoom).
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