Live From Mars was active July 1996-December 1997.


After several false starts and a blizzard on April Fool's Day, 18 of us managed to get to our site on April 10th which tied a record for lowest temperature! Our site is called Lighthouse Point. The Lighthouse was built in 1811 at a cost of $4,000. During the War of 1812, two sisters Abigail and Rebecca Bates, who were daughters of the lighthouse keeper, convinced and approaching contingent of British troops that a large number of American soldiers were near, thus saving the town from being destroyed.

We didn't need a windsock or a pole. We had the Lighthouse.

There are no trees here. Our plants include kelp, which can be taller than a tree, Irish Moss which is still harvested as a crop, and . . .

. . . Fucus or Rockweed. During the Blizzard of 1978 many rocks of this size were 'relocated' in people's houses! We conducted a survey while we were at the site, and discovered that 44% of the beach rocks were igneous (granite, gabbro, basalt, and flowstone), 43% were sedimentary (conglomerate), and 13% were metamorphic (quartzite).

Getting the water sample was tricky. The rocks were slippery with algae and the water was VERY cold!