I think there has to be something more sinister going on ashore.
The robotics technician is pretty obviously murdered. How does someone cut his wrists "almost to the bone" and then hang himself or vice-versa?
Missing the big drop-off in the canyon could be explained as a genuine error, a recent tectonic event (though you think someone would mention that), or deliberate lying by the administrator. Maybe I've been too well trained by the last four years to take anything at face value.
Could Jacova Angevine's book's title Waking Leviathan be a reference to the power of the state, related to Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan? Several parts of this story talk about state and non-state power like nuclear weapons.