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Martian City Map #2: Mars Civilization Evidence #h9-s56
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
According to NASA, "This August 2003 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture shows the defrosting floor of a pit in the south polar region
near 71.7°S, 1.6°W. The surface exhibits an array of cracks and bands that are emphasized by frost. Some of these are polygons similar to those that form in
Earth's arctic and antarctic regions by processes of freezing and thawing of ground ice. Other bands might represent exposures of layered bedrock. Whether there is ice
beneath the ground that has influenced the pattern of cracks and bands is unknown."
This image of South Polar Patterns covers a 1.9 mile area of Mars. The resemblence to a satellite image of an Earthly city is uncanny.
Link to official explanation of these Martian Polar Patterns: http://www.msss.com/mars_images/moc/polygons_5_02/
This Martian landscape, according to the link above, occured due to "a phenomenon called patterned ground . The "patterns" in
patterned ground often take the form of large polygons, each bounded by either troughs or ridges made up of rock particles
different in size from those seen in the interior of the polygon."
Here is a colored close-up of a portion of the image above. Notice the ordered composition of the square geometry.
The appearance seems to mimic many subdivided suburban residential developments on Earth.
Now here are two examples of patterned ground in Antarctica.
Could simple troughs and ridges such as these truly have created these magnificent Martian cityscapes?
Does Antarctica really contain the linear geometry that we see on Mars?
Here is an official recent comparison of Earth and Martian patterned ground: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/phoenix/multimedia/5302-20080513.html
Here is another article comparing Martian Polar Terrain to Earth: The Antarctica of Mars.
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