For Fun and Science: The Biology, Ecology and Geology of Tatooine

Seven science bloggers took a crack at Star Wars' planet Tatooine last week, exploring real-life issues like megafauna, apex predators, water cycles and evolution through the lens of the desert world featured in 5 out of 6 Star Wars films.

You won't find any joyless nitpicking in these pieces. Instead, the authors lovingly explore the fictional world to write about bigger issues in science, as an introduction to concepts that carry over to our own planet. The results are really fun.

The complete list:

The "blog carnival" was organized by Matt Shipman, who shares his thoughts about the project here.

Via Malcolm Campbell's contribution. Image is a screenshot from Return of the Jedi, and is hoped to be "fair use" in this context.