Mars Anomalies Moc-Links

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ese are pics of Mars that caught my attention in link form. If you want to go exploring on your own, you might find the link below good for slower computers & dial-up 56K connections. i.e. fast loading jpg images.

http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/graphical.htm

I recommend waiting for the big Mars picture to load ... then ... click on any square of that field ... then ... before that smaller field loads ... click on the link "Listing of Images". This will give you a table of images with the resolution of each. If you're looking for resolutions in the 2 meters per pixel or less (as I am) ... you will find this most helpful.

If you find anything of great interest, let me know. Save me some wrist damage ... only about one pic in twenty has something of interest to me. I will add them to this list if really good (with your name if you choose) along with any more that I find.

5/18/01

Look at the third piece down in this multi-piece picture. There seems to be something like a "bridge" going out into the chasm. Go to the large image. It's a cloud? Sure looks like a cloud. But Mars has no such activity ... just dust storms. If this is a cloud, it is possible evidence of a "water event", i.e. an explosive evaporation of a large quantity of liquid forming a temporary cloud. If it's a ridge, it seems out of place. Another pic would confirm this. [about 10 x 100 meters over the chasm]
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/fha008/fha00800.html

5/12/01

Here's some unusual landforms. Think I'll make a background out of the bottom section.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m03060/m0306039.html

This appears to be water cuts into the side of a crater.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m18006/m1800658.html

Here's some strange looking stuff.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m15012/m1501266.html

Another example of "worm dunes".
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m00005/m0000511.html

Nice 'Cydonia' type region with a "pyramid".
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m09021/m0902114.html


Beginning 5/9/01 Links with dunefield spots

Spotsylvania

NASA says that the spots on the dunes are the dunes defrosting. That is, they are covered with frost which then melts in expanding spots. This seems to be the most sensible explanation I've yet seen (but why is there frost only on the dunes and not even one meter off the dunes?) ... but the "lakes" below (Martian Water Pools) still look like water or frozen lakes to me. Perhaps, the frost can "drip" deposit liquid water into the pools under some as yet unexplained conditions.
There is evidence of "running" water on Mars in the form of gullies which have left deposits on top of uncratered dunes indicating geologically recent liquid activity.

http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m03023/m0302323.html

http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m02020/m0202097.html

http://www.msss.com/moc_gallery/m07_m12/nonmaps/M09/M0900893.gif


5/6/01

Martian Water Pools ?

Here is another pic from the same area as the one below (yesterday's m0302564). This shows what I believe to be ... actual pools of liquid which have not evaporated yet ... most probably water.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m08021/m0802144.html
Check the big picture and see what I mean ... very obvious. Each body of water has a black "ring" around it. I interpret it to be where the pool has dried out. The lighter center is the flat surface of the water reflecting atmospheric daylight. Judging by the resolution, these water bodies must be on the order of 100 meters wide by half to two kilometers long. They're lakes actually.


5/5/01

More excellent spots.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m02032/m0203296.html

Little rocks? ... Holes? ... Little Plants? ... I'll call this "The Pepper Field"
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m02047/m0204716.html

I'm seeing a lot of this. Rocks? ... In general I'll call these ... "Disease Fields"
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m03000/m0300019.html

Here is a genuine spot field.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m03007/m0300740.html
Notice in the brighter areas, a discoloration around each spot. To me this would be indicative of some sort of upward seepage. They appear to cast no shadows while some of the dunes do cast shadows ... more indication of liquid seepage.
In the context field, there appears to be a dark area in a crater and that area is connected to the left side of the crater wall.
Conjecture
Perhaps all such spot fields are inside craters. The "seepage" that is seen elsewhere is liquid carrying a dark chemical. This flows down the side of the crater and over the rock surface of the crater ... but ... under the dune field ... then it seeps up to form spots ... then it evaporates seasonally ... and ... it dissolves the crater floor to produce the sand which is higher than the crater floor because it is now loose sand rather than solid rock, i.e. it in effect "puffs up" the rock.

Spots mystery solved !

This is it! The spots are a dark liquid. You can see it here seeping into pools in the dune. No doubt about it. EBTX takes the brass ring ;o)
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m03025/m0302564.html

One mystery solved ... begets another. We see that the spots are liquid ... then ... why do these spots preferentially line themselves up on the crest of the dune seemingly in defiance of gravity?
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m03047/m0304776.html

Check this out

Here I've finally found some shadows. What the shadows are from is unknown. It may possibly be many little geysers (maybe 50 meters in diameter at the widest) shooting material up into the Mair (Martian air). But the material may be black and I see none of it on the ground. It could be a tree like thing ... but if so ... it must definitely be living? ... No ... can't be a tree ... way too big.
This is perhaps the most intriguing pic I've yet found. Definitely shadow - note the symmetry (like a bowtie).
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m03008/m0300860.html

Extremely interesting geology here. I'll call it "Lizard Hide". (You need to see the blown up image).
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m14007/m1400761.html

5/4/01

Barcans or PacMans?
http://www.msss.com/shop/small/moc2-147_frosted_dunes.jpg

More possible life forms as spots on dunes. Notice how they "line up" on the crest of the dune. And they are round ... if they were some kind of oily seepage, you would expect them to be elliptical when on an incline. Clearly, the source is the center of the spot which disperses radially because we see them in different stages of development. Very much like a living growth.
I would like to see two pictures at different times to establish possible shadow. Whether they are flat or stick up is important ... a "seep" wouldn't stick up.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/fullres/divided/m04017/m0401718f.jpg

IF you fall in this ... you're never gonna get clean. This is the first instance of powdery soot I've seen. It looks to be "blown" out onto the dunes like powder in your hand onto a flat table. Alternatively, it might have been water-born ... but ... the "dunes" must be concretized (hard as rock).
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/fullres/divided/m18014/m1801484b.jpg

There is a lot of this type of "seepage" on Mars. What is it?
Conjecture:
A meteorite strikes the Martian surface and covers the planet in a black dust. Later, another comet or something hits the surface and covers it once again with a lighter color. Now, we have a black layer as a source for this seep and dust devil tracks.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/fullres/divided/m09018/m0901819c.jpg

This is another "plant" picture with a twist. The dunes are quite small and the supposed plants are only on the edge. Also, in the full blowup, you can see a hint of a radial root system? Hmmmm ...
What is the black bar which holds the dune sand? I'll call this one "Angelfish". http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m18000/m1800010.html

A beautiful satin texture.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/fullres/divided/m04005/m0400524a.jpg

A weird texture reminiscent of early "Web" backgrounds (the type nobody in their right mind uses).
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/fullres/divided/m04022/m0402226b.jpg

Here is the context for the false "worm" dune field on the other page.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m07027/m0702777.html


5/3/01

Very beautiful picture at full blowup. Possible clouds? Interesting. http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/m02018/m0201821.html

Way Cool (artistically speaking)
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/fullres/divided/m04002/m0400241h.jpg

The bottom 5 panels of this are artistically interesting. I call them
"Two Parrots Contemplating a Mango".
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/html/fha008/fha00804.html

Here's some strange looking stuff.
I think they have this at Wal-Mart for kids to gross out on.
http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/fullres/divided/m03000/m0300046c.jpg



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