Sand dunes expected to bury decade-old Star Wars Tatooine set

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Jul 20, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

Fans might’ve managed to save the classic site that served as Uncle Owen’s home on Tatooine, but it sounds like Mother Nature is on the verge of claiming another iconic Star Wars set in the Tunisian desert.

More than $10,000 was raised last year to restore the Lars Homestead that was featured in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

That’s awesome, but it sounds like the bustling sand dunes are now coming for the Tatooine spaceport site also located in the nation’s deserts. The sets that served as the city of Mos Espa in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace are still standing at the moment, but experts predict sand dunes could completely cover the site soon.

The BBC reports that scientists have been using the set as a fixed point to track the sand dunes — since structures aren’t typically built in those areas — and the results show they’re about to get overrun. Without intervention, the site will continue to be covered by sand in the coming years, until the dune eventually passes over.

But in the meantime, it could do a lot of damage to the classic sci-fi set. So c’mon, Star Wars fans, let's save this one, too!

(Via BBC)