Undertoad Tuesday Feb 11 12:13 PM
2/11/2003: Gullies on Mars
Uryoces Tuesday Feb 11 01:01 PM
The key is to find out when these gulllies were formed. If you look closely, you can see what appears to be a half-buried runway. I'd look at it and say, "Hey! That natural feature looks like a runway; how odd." A conspiracy theorist would start screeching and braining peccaries with a wildebeast femur...
Shivaaa Tuesday Feb 11 02:36 PM
i see it too
I see the runway. And I see Jesus with a mustasche in the lower right corner. This is solid evidence that Christians were baptised in the waters on Mars....
wolf Tuesday Feb 11 03:02 PM
I was kinda entranced by the flaccid penis and scrotal sac at the top center of the pic ... MUCH more convincing than the "face on mars" pic that is in the tabloids all the time.
Elspode Tuesday Feb 11 04:21 PM
Wolf, if no one has mentioned that you are amazingly astute and more than slightly warped, then it was a major oversight.
Skunks Tuesday Feb 11 04:27 PM
All of your discoveries pale in comparison to mine: there is a rake on Mars.
Undertoad Tuesday Feb 11 05:18 PM
That's no rake. It's a kitty litter scoop.
wolf Tuesday Feb 11 06:03 PM
Do you think it is an accident that I am closely involved with ALL of the doctors that do commitment evaluations in my county of residence
Tee hee ...
Actually, I'm in the mental health industry because I USED to be in the computer(ish) industry. I worked for an advertising sales company (For Hearst Electronics Publications ... Electronic Products and EEM) as their computer geek. One Friday morning I had a job, Friday night I didn't. The company went belly up.
I went to unemployment, did all the paperwork, started getting checks, yadah yadah ... came to the realization that the gubbermint checks weren't going to cover my bills and needed a job REALLY fast. I was talking to a friend of mine who was a nurse here at Club Head. She said they had a position open. I figured it would be something to hold me over until I got a "real" job.
I was hired the next day.
That was 10-1/2 years ago. I now have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psych (which follows a Bachelor's in Geography and Planning ... I actually have some other stuff to say about the Mars pic, but I'm holding off until I'm home and can really take a good look at it) and am considering finding an online doctoral program since I really don't have the time, inclincation, or money to do a traditional doctorate, partcularly since most of them don't recognize an existing master's and make you retake a lot of classes you've already had.
Turns out that I really LIKE psych patients. I find the whole field fascinating (but admittedly frustrating at times).
It's one of those jobs where you either fit in and do it, or you just can't hack it. I took to it like a duck to water.
Now, back to the topic at hand(ish) ...
Looking at images like this is not unlike the Rohrschach. It's actually kind of interesting reading what people are coming up with.
What does MY response mean?
It's been too long since my last visit with my boyfriend.
Torrere Wednesday Feb 12 12:25 AM
There are some hikers out in the woods on the lower left. Above them seem to be two nude women. A big, downtrodden person is dragging their arm behind them on the right.
Slithy_Tove Wednesday Feb 12 01:19 AM
Okay, seriously, folks.
jaguar Wednesday Feb 12 04:33 AM
They could be quite old indeed, mars is slowly losing it's atnosphere so the further you look back the less the chance of meteor damage, actual scales of time on this though? I have no idea.
chrisinhouston Wednesday Feb 12 10:03 AM
They can't fool me, that's just a picture of some kids sandbox. Don't forget when they said they landed on the moon, it was all filmed on a sound stage near Vegas. I saw that James Bond film!
wolf Wednesday Feb 12 07:52 PM
The Serious Reply
I've been spending a lot of time looking at the gullies image, including the larger resolution version available on the originating website.
wolf Wednesday Feb 12 07:54 PM
Drydock Wednesday Feb 12 09:49 PM
i'm going to throw out a theory here. i might be missing something.
Akhasha Wednesday Feb 12 09:52 PM
I remember reading a possible explanation of 'water erosion' features when the first evidence of them popped up. Turns out that as frozen CO2 sublimates on a slope, bits can break off and, contacting the warmer ground below, form a cushion of gaseous CO2 that facilitates the slide further down the slope, contacting yet more warm ground etc (by warm I mean hotter than the sublimation point of CO2, around -78deg C).
Thadius Thursday Feb 13 05:28 PM
I to have found a picture proving life on Mars.
helen Saturday Feb 15 09:55 AM
I suddenly have to have some chocolate ice-cream.
Elspode Saturday Feb 15 10:21 AM
My opinion. I'm not an astrogeologist, and I don't play one on TV, either.
Drydock Saturday Feb 15 04:03 PM
Maybe it was a, what's the word, um... a big (yeah, that's the word) comet that was smashed into little bitty pieces before it landed, kinda like the fireworks on Jupiter not so long ago. Perhaps the happinings are all along a straight line, or perhaps the comet landed in a scatter pattern rather than single file like Shoemaker-Levy 9. Just hypothanesthetising.
Akhasha Thursday Feb 20 01:42 AM
The most likely explanation
In brief: snow forms in these craters in the winter months, then later melts - from the rim of the crater down - and the water flows under the still frozen snow further down the slope, which protects it from evaporation in the tenuous atmosphere. If it were a subterranian (subarean?) water source, its unlikely to occur so close to the raised crater rims. This explanation is the most consistet yet.