So we have all been looking at the mars pictures, and quite honestly they have been awsome to look at. I mean actual images from another planet. These
are the times to enjoy.
Anyway, I have been intregued by the Mars Sphere's. The little round rock appearing things all over the planet apparently.
So I have been thinking about this, and already having been exposed to these thoughts...
Rover located in Lakebed?
Mud in soil?
No Cloud Cover
and Minimal Atmosphere,
allowing for Solar Exposure from the Sun,
possibly allowing the solar wind to assist in 'blowing off' the atmosphere,
nominal temperature swings between freezing and above,
and more I am sure.
It has been brought up in other threads about the rocks and soil, and I myself made observations of the typical rock texture as well as the soil.
But I wish to tie a few things together, if you will,..
So the rover is in a drying basin, and has shown us mud.
I have looked at dried ponds before and noticed the texture of the resultant soil left
over. Notice the little bubble holes that form sometimes, as the mud dries up and contracts slowly.
Looking at those sphere's something else occurred to me.
What if, since it has been hypothisized that a brine liquid could exist in a drying lake bed, that becouse of a low atmospheric pressure, and possible
unusual properties of a unique soil content, ....
that the sphere's are actually a thick content bubble of soil dust, salts, and moisture, bubbling up in the solar sunlight on a drying muddy lakebed,
like Tar in Pavement on a Hot Summer Day
, and freezing over in the night, in a perpetual cycle.
I imagine that this could mean the formation of 'Bubble-ite's'
as the eventual loss of moisture could allow for the formation of a
'hardened pellet', of left-over salts and minerals.
This would also help to explain the consistant appearing 'crumbling' of larger rocks to a more consistant 'gravel', as a constant condensation in
daylight seeping in to rock crevices, and then freezing at night, doing the 'slow-pulverize'.
*edit - danged spelling*
[Edited on 5-3-2004 by smirkley]