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NASA Orbiter Snaps Image Of Mysterious "Honeycomb" On The Surface Of Mars

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posted on Nov, 30 2017 @ 12:25 PM
Actual honeycomb patterns are here on Earth. The Giant's Causeway in Ireland is formed of basalt that upon cooling took hexagonal forms. I see no reason why rectangular shapes would be any different if cubes were the crystal form upon cooling. Mars' relative low gravity would also allow for more spreading in lava flows making them somewhat different from what would be formed here on Earth.

posted on Nov, 30 2017 @ 12:28 PM
a reply to: Asktheanimals

Yeah but those are tiny Honeycombs...The ones on Mars are yuuuuge....but nice find!

posted on Nov, 30 2017 @ 12:45 PM
Electric Universe, anyone?

posted on Nov, 30 2017 @ 01:45 PM
The moon aint the kinda place to raise your kids,
In fact, its cold as hell,
But im gonna be high,
Like a rocket man
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posted on Nov, 30 2017 @ 05:07 PM
a reply to: visitedbythem

That is why there are honeycomb patterns on Mars.

Protection against the Spider from Mars!

(sorry OP, I couldn't help myself)

posted on Nov, 30 2017 @ 08:00 PM

originally posted by: Tucket
Electric Universe, anyone?

Plasma discharge patterns for the win!!! (well, maybe not these patterns but a lot of craters and other landscape features on mars follows the plasma model)

Electric Universe indeed.

posted on Nov, 30 2017 @ 08:18 PM
Rock cities and ruiniform relief.


Spectacular rock-cut landscapes consisting of closely spaced residual rock blocks separated by narrow intersecting corridors are variously termed as ‘rock cities’ and ‘ruiniform relief’. The former term has apparently never been formally defined except in the local Czech literature, whereas the latter was applied in various contexts, making the terminology confusing. This paper provides a global overview of forms, processes and controls behind such rock city/ruiniform landscapes and develops geomorphological terminology for such rock-cut landscapes, including the proposal that ‘rock city’ becomes a legitimate scientific term. Rock cities and ruiniform relief are two different types of rock erosional morphology, typified by the presence of a ‘street pattern’ in the former and highly weathered surfaces of rock residuals in the latter, although there is some overlap between the two. Examples of rock cities or ruiniform relief may be found in different lithologies and in a wide range of climates, from hyper-arid to humid. Classic localities include northern Czechia and adjacent parts of Poland and Germany, Australia, central Sahara, and the Gran Sabana in Venezuela. Lithologies particularly suitable to the development of this type of erosional morphology include mainly sandstones, followed by limestones, dolomites, conglomerates, tuffs, but igneous rocks such as granites or rhyolites are also known to support this type of relief. The combination of sufficient rock strength to support steep rock faces and the presence of discontinuities which, preferentially eroded, turn to ‘streets’ and ‘squares’ in the rock cities, appears as the basic prerequisite. A wide range of processes are involved in their formation, including surface and subsurface weathering, mass movements, salt tectonics, karst processes in both carbonate and silicate rocks, piping, fluvial erosion and aeolian abrasion. Despite being spectacular landscapes, very few models of long-term evolution of rock city and ruiniform relief have been presented in the literature and it is unlikely that any one scenario would apply to all situations. Rather, rock cities are examples of geomorphological convergence.

Earthly enough that the name "rock cities" is being made mainstream to describe it. Earthy example below.

Dikes + Sills + Wind

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posted on Dec, 1 2017 @ 03:43 AM
At 5 to 10 km per "cell", they're too large to be artificially-made. Besides, HiRISE closeups show them to be natural formations.

Check out a wider view from this CTX camera image:

You can see how this type of landscape has everything from vaguely rectangular cells to very distorted cells that gradually morph into the usual landscape.

A HiRISE closeup from that area:

P.S. I merged two CTX images for this complete view of the "honeycomb" area:

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posted on Dec, 1 2017 @ 05:58 PM
a reply to: Skywatcher2011

It's not a new find even in your link it says they have been spotted before.

Also here on Earth at a smaler scale

Natural Stone Grid

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posted on Dec, 1 2017 @ 06:13 PM
No one is actually suggesting artificial are they?

The Earth has some natural wonders, why wouldnt Mars, part of the excitement of exploration.

Nice find and great close ups, it's amazing how far away we are but how close....

If only we could get on together instead of being the territorial predators we are, a joint effort would get us there in a few years, "b-but muh technology could be used against us in war"...we are a scumbag race in the main.
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