Well then what keeps blowing the dust off the Rovers to keep them running all these years?
What causes the planet wide dust storms?
They are actually still not completely sure what causes the wind storms. Saltation when the atmosphere was perhaps denser may have created dunes on
Mars, or so scientists presume.
As far as the ripples *in that picture* there obviously no wind. No dust whatsoever, it's calm. Ever fish? I guess not. If you fish and it's
utter dead, there are no ripples. Ripples and waves are caused by atmosphere.. wind.. and the wind is very light on Mars, the asmosphere almost
non-existant. With ripples that noticable, you'd need a fairly brisk wind. I see no evidence of this at all. On what weather phenomena do you
attribute obvious ripples? Just curious.
And those "fossils" for cripes sake.. they are rocks. If a rock has holes in it, it's automatically a skull or bone? Gee, those can't possibly
be just rocks, could they. People need to get out of the notion that all rocks look identical. Even on earth we have rocks and minerals that are
quite amazing looking.
People are so eager to find stuff on Mars, anymore, all people see are shapes and lakes and objects in anything that is not perfectly rock-shaped. If
it does not conform to our preconceived idea of what rocks should look like, or dunes, they are obviously leaked images or a bygone civilization,
Um.. coloring something blue by the way, doesn't automatically make it water. You can't think of ANY other natural phenomena that could produce
similar pictures? That's what I'm talking about.
If it looks like ripples, it can't POSSIBLY be dunes or anything else, it MUST be water. If they are not "normal" rocks, they are obviously
fossils. If there are pictures of flat smooth areas, it's CLEARLY water, it can't be anything else.
Whereas when I look at it, I say to myself, "there is almost no atmoshphere on Mars, almost no wind (btw, you might want to do some research if you
think it's "very windy," because it's not), it's seemingly devoid of life, it probably never harbored life over anything bigger than a
bacteria.... so anything that seems out of the ordinary should be researched for all other possibilities first. If I can explain all of those away,
then maybe I can entertain other more hopeful ideas."
I don't immediately make a leap of faith that "omg that's WATER!" just because it looks like ripples. You have absolutely no proof other than
your common knowledge that it is what you think it is. Are you a master of geology? I work in an industry where we have a lot of geologists in my
office, and I've seen rocks and mineral formations that blew away any preconceived notions I had. And yet daily here, I see folks circling and
coloring what are to me, simple rocks, and coming up with all sorts of obtuse ideas about what they are.
Coverup? Disclosure? Or just overeager folks wanting to find gold in the pan? I think the latter.
[edit on 2-8-2008 by fleabit]