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Erosion by wind has carved V-shaped patterns along the edges of many of the layers. The layers appear friable (easy to erode) so this is why wind can carve deep grooves along a steep cliff such as visible here. The top of the layered deposit (upper part of image) is smooth and relatively dark because it is covered by debris laid down by the wind, dust and other fine materials.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by alphaMegas
Everyone knows the images presented on google earth are of low quality, so why not use the original images to show this airbrushing?
Very lazy and a bit disingenuous if you ask me.
That can be an encroaching mass of sand, why start negating a possibility?
Originally posted by alphaMegas
#1 Consideration - This couldn't be an encroaching mass of sand.If this is then the source should be coming from the mountain slopes down to the valley where it will spread and thin out.As the images will suggest there is no recent displacement of materials from the higher ground and i think the whole mountainside is covered with "snowfrost"?
No need to deny the law of gravity, if you look at the whole region you can see that the dust/sand accumulates on the west slopes, making me think that in that area the wind comes mostly from the West, pushing the dust/sand against the slope.
Since Mars still got gravity, (1/3 of ours?) it is very clear in these images that there is no recent sand rolling down from the higher elevation and the possibility of this encroaching sand coming from the lower part or valley is kind of defying the law of gravity such as climbing up the slopes.
If that would have been airbrushed you wouldn't noticed it.
#2 Consideration - This seemingly encroaching mass of sand is an "airbrushed" portion? see the encircled section.
If it was airbrushed then they already covered whatever was there, so how can you see it?
Since the "airbrushed" element came into consideration, the next brushy question crops up.
what did that airbrushing wants to brush out?
Those lines are very common geological features, they happen frequently on Mars and on Earth, just look at other Mars images that show that type of white rock and you will see.
So i decided to "explore" further and some very interesting images did materialize.
in the image below you will notice that there are some kind of tracks or fissures or lines that seems to zero in on that encroaching mass, or should I say "covered"cause clearly they disappear at the very side of the "airbrushed portion?
Please follow those arcing lines and i counted at least 5 on the left side and three on the right side of the image.
Well, it looks like a natural (and common) formation to me.
Just above the apex are more interesting "structures" that if i were to have my say are not of natural formation.
I don't see anything that looks like a hole.
there is a raised wall or tier coming in from the left side corner making a very sharp right angle corner towards the left side and a mysterious hole or landing somewhere between the apex of the "encroaching sand and the corner point , some sort of converging point .
There's no need to airbrush those, apparently only you and two more people see them.
And so before i'll end my thread, since i am a firm believer that there is a "manlike civilization" thriving in Mars I will leave you with these "human like figures" which I will call the "matchstick men". and maybe they are the reason why "they" have to airbrushed "them".