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Vugs (also spelled vugh) are small to medium-sized cavities inside rock that may be formed through a variety of processes. Most commonly cracks and fissures opened by tectonic activity (folding and faulting) are partially filled by quartz, calcite, and other secondary minerals. Open spaces within ancient collapse breccias are another important source of vugs. Vugs may also result when mineral crystals or fossils inside a rock matrix are later removed through erosion or dissolution processes, leaving behind irregular voids.
ahh well, yes there are others who think they are fungi too. Possible new classification opportunity for concretion spherules (blueberries) on Mars. and Mushrooms on Mars
Very weird. looks almost like a fungus to me-Please don't bring it back to Earth NASA,we don't want a "the blob" situation thanks you very much.
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Even though Opportunity hasn't moved its position between Sol 3528 and Sol 3540, it was still doing some maneuvers during that time. I can imagine a scenario where the spinning of a wheel may have kicked up a rock that was beneath the wheel.
Maximum speed is 5 centimetres per second (2.0 in/s); 0.18 kilometers per hour (0.11 mph), although average speed is about 1 centimetre per second (0.39 in/s)
looking at the first pic,would it not all fold into intself?it seems to me that if you rolled up the sides they would fit into the cavity/dip. And do my eyes decieve me or is there a stem growing from the centre of the cavity?
Okay I have an explanation........of sorts??
Melted Solar panel..............anyone?
Grrrrr. I cannot find a picture of an individual melted solar panel. But with not atmosphere to speak of would it just shrivel up and burn...ish to a lump such as the first photo?
just at the edge of your yellow circle at around 4 oclock there appears to be a silver bullet shaped rock which has a largeish shadow. If it opened would have the sameish shape as the twin and pinacle island?
This rock looks like a similar thing doe
If it is not the same "rock" for sure is its twin....
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sorry ,i meant this pic , does the bullet at 4 oclockis look to be floating a wee bit?
reply to post by Char-Lee
Using your picture, not only does it look like it, it also looks as if it has moved OR the offending similar rock that was next to it was removed????????? The footprint is still there like it was picked up???????????
Here I have (Badly) zoomed in
NASA will hold a press conference on Thursday, the 23rd, to mark the date of the Opportunity rover's 10th anniversary on Mars. The mysteriously appearing rock, if it is a rock, will doubtless be a prominent topic at the conference. It will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (11 a.m. Pacific, 1900 GMT). The press conference can be viewed live, and archived, online, on NASA TV.
...So far, there are two theories about the rock’s origin.
The first is that the Opportunity rover itself flipped the rock over as it rolled forward, while the second is that the mysterious rock just landed there after a meteorite impact nearby. However, the latter is highly unlikely, the researchers say.
...Russia Today — Jan 19, 2014
Above: the rock (right) and the view taken by the rover just days before (left)
The rock that suddenly appeared next to the NASA’s Opportunity rover in the beginning of January turns out to have an irregular chemical composition for Mars: it has too much sulfur, magnesium and manganese, scientists say.