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15-09-2012, 09:20 AM
Martian Warts
No, they're not really warts.

It's a new geological puzzle that NASA is facing, since the Rover Opportunity sent back this image:

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They're different than the Mars "blueberries" - iron-laden beads that Opportunity has discovered in numerous locations. These small spherical objects are about 3 mm in diameter, and are located in the "Kirkwood" region.

Any guess as to what it is? It will be awhile before things get figured out.

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15-09-2012, 09:31 AM
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Of course those are fuel spheres for martian spaceships! this NASA people don't know shit!

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15-09-2012, 09:39 AM
Martian Warts
Martian nipples?

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15-09-2012, 09:41 AM
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Gwynnie poop.

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15-09-2012, 10:58 AM
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That's a cool photo! Smile

Looks like an interesting formation... sort of like boiling or maybe frothing. It reminds me of water splashing into a pile of clay. Droplets of water form little craters, like at the top of the photo. As the process continues, the sides of the craters build with more clay dust and sort of dust bubbles form. I've seen that happen while mixing clay. Add heat to that process and that could solidify.

I wish I had a more in depth geology education. I love picking up rocks and keep them around for their look and feel, but I never pursued knowledge beyond the required earth science levels. I slept with a geologist once. Sadly, my education remained... unimproved. TMI? Undecided

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15-09-2012, 01:10 PM
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Iron-laden beads would be my guess.

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15-09-2012, 01:19 PM
Martian Warts
(15-09-2012 10:58 AM)kim Wrote:  That's a cool photo! Smile

Looks like an interesting formation... sort of like boiling or maybe frothing. It reminds me of water splashing into a pile of clay. Droplets of water form little craters, like at the top of the photo. As the process continues, the sides of the craters build with more clay dust and sort of dust bubbles form. I've seen that happen while mixing clay. Add heat to that process and that could solidify.

I wish I had a more in depth geology education. I love picking up rocks and keep them around for their look and feel, but I never pursued knowledge beyond the required earth science levels. I slept with a geologist once. Sadly, my education remained... unimproved. TMI? Undecided

That must've been a rocky relationship. Drinking Beverage

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15-09-2012, 02:13 PM
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Ant hills.

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16-09-2012, 02:42 PM
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Looks to me like Mars forgot to use protection.

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16-09-2012, 10:02 PM (This post was last modified: 17-09-2012 02:54 PM by Janus.)
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Looks like syphillis...

No seriously, to me that looks like volcanism! That's the remains of a boiling hot percolating mud spring, frozen in time. Those are – or rather were – the bubbles popping up from deep down. And if there was volcanism there were tectonics! Question is: how long ago was that?
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