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Originally posted by Labrador Retriever
I think this thread shows that many people who post these theories (mars artifacts) rarely get outside.
Turn off your computer, go for a hike in the mountains, walk along a beach, get a degree in geology. Most of the pictures posted can be seen as naturally occurring geological artifacts if you get out and look around nature on this planet.
Note that I say most...
Richard Hoagland, is the poster child for hyping the "face on mars" theories. Hearing him talk makes me want to vomit. Why is he so passionate about this topic? It beats working, and you can never disprove his wacked out ideas until you actually go to Mars.
I'm in no way close minded on the possibilities, I find Charles Shults III, theories on Mars fossils intriguing.
Originally posted by -Blackout-
I seriously doubt that we are "it" regarding the only life in the Universe. I think that is a bold and ignorant statement and quiet cocky at that.
Originally posted by ghpink
reply to post by -Blackout-
Wouldn't it be the ultimate irony to start out with religion telling us, we are the only ones here and forcing us to believe that.
Then us as a species, coming to the realization of how life seems to take root in every nook and cranny on the earth, and even in some we don't think life could possible be, and sure enough life is there.
Then to realize how many stars there are out there, over 300 billion just in our galaxy alone and billions upon billions of galaxies, with billions of similar stars, just like our own sun, all with the chances of possible life and intelligent life.
With all the reports of alien visitation, abductions, mars faces, communication (crop circles) and cattle mutilations, the evidence seems insurmountable.
Wouldn't it be the ultimate irony..... to find out ... that we ARE IT That life is incredibly rare. And that we were given this opportunity in all this expanse of empty lifeless space, to try to understand the universe but only to find there is no other life out there, to join us.
Maybe then we could start to appreciate this gift we have been given.
Originally posted by -Blackout-
Martian Trees and Shrubs:
This photo, taken by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) look quite like aerial photos of an Earth desert dotted with shrub growth. But these sand dunes are in the southern hemisphere of Mars. A Hungarian research team, which has been analyzing the photos (and other photos of the same area over time), has concluded that the black dots are indeed living organisms.
"Each spring," writes David Leonard in an article for Space.com, "[the Hungarians] report, 'gray fuzzy spots' appear in the bottom of the ice cover. By the middle of the first half of spring, these spots become darker, are bounded, and grow in size. By early summer defrosting, the naked dark soil of the dune is visible, and surrounded by a lighter ring. Year by year, the dark dune spots 'renew' on the same place with almost the same configuration, or 'constellation' of patches. This repeat action, the team asserts, strengthens their suggestion of fixed, biological causes of spot formation."
The Hungarian scientists conclude that this strongly suggests the life cycle of some kind of plant life.
NASA and its associated research teams don't agree with this conclusion. Their theory is that the dark spots are "the result of springtime defrosting process on Mars, not signs of biology." A somewhat less dismissive opinion from Bruce Jakosky, a Mars researcher at the University of Colorado in Boulder, states that the conclusion for Martian biology is "premature... when other, simpler processes have not been ruled out."
One of the most fascinating images, pictured at right, shows a ribbed tube or tunnel-like structure. Partially covered by the surface terrain, the structure looks as through it has been unearthed (unmarsed?) by some geologic process. The structure resembles the so-called "glass worms" discovered in other photos, although this one lacks the "transparent" or "translucent" quality of the worms.
The official NASA stance on these structures is that they are quite natural and are, in fact, "dune trains" - rows of sand dunes. The article "Is This an Artificial Construct on Mars" compares this photo with another photo of actual Martian dune trains. They don't look anything alike. While the photo of "actual" dunes indeed look like sand dunes, this enigmatic structure does not.
[edit on 26-4-2010 by -Blackout-]
Another species of Martian polar trees. This is an especially clear & obvious photo of another type of tree rather than the wispy ones. These appear to have a round solid trunk, & flat tongue-like top. These are very tall. Note that all the flat facing tops are facing the low polar sun. Photosynthesis or some kind of tree-like mold? Kinda reminds me of some types of cactus