In addition to my other thread
about finding "food" on Mars, here is one on the
lichens and fungus evidence.
Ok, well I thought I would post a thread about what we consider as plants but you never know if an alien is plant-like. Maybe like The Day of the
These two appear as if they are growing from the rock
and to add evidence to this, many blueberry spherules have 'attactment points' on some part of their spherical body. To me they appear like fungus
fruiting bodies and the one on the left appears to me as if it has grown there. See the small 'V' shape at 5 o'clock which looks as if the fruiting
body has not been able to grow in a completely spherical shape due to the shape of the rock at that point. There is also a slight buildup of debris in
the area between 12 and 4 o'clock.
Strangely, this image has a complete 'net' covering over it - as if we are looking through a frosted _ But... hey you know what NASA is like,
so nothing new here.
slightly right of centre in this image
is a stalk
with a fruiting body on the top pointing up at a 45 degree angle (actually I think anything growing would grow towards the light, straight up, like a
tree, but this is not). The 'official' image is
Spherules or "Blueberries" and NOT weathered-out-of-rocks spherules.
Look at how very few are on the rocks
and most are
on the ground beside the rock. Why are some in the
cracks in the rocks
and why do they sometimes look as if they are growing there.
If they are not fungus, then I think they could be the result of food processing the soil. Rather like some crabs do with the sand here on Earth.
These crabs eat the sand and tremove the nutrients from the tiny spaces between the particles. Then they expell the waste as tiny balls. These may be
what we are looking at.
Lichen - from wikipedia -
There are images which look extremely like lichen
are composite organisms consisting of a fungus (the mycobiont) and a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont or
phycobiont) growing together in a symbiotic relationship.
Mars. I am sure you have seen these before and I am sure people have suggested that it is growing on wood rather than rock, but I feel this is rock
with lichen on it. I realise that the blue colour makes us think even more of lichen, but I have seen quite a few lichens on trees and rocks and it
does look like it might be. I think I read that some lichens are extremely good at dealing with radioactivity too.
Other images of lichen on Mars