Oct 5 - Strange black things on mars (w/ pics)

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 10-05-2012, 07:19 AM         #1
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Oct 5 - Strange black things on mars (w/ pics)
 

 
You are 200 miles directly above the Martian surface — looking down. This image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Jan. 27, 2010. (The color was added later.) What do we see? Well, sand, mostly. As you scroll down, there's a ridge crossing through the image, then a plain, then dunes, but keep looking. You will notice, when you get to the dunes, there are little black flecks dotting the ridges, mostly on the sunny side, like sunbathing spiders sitting in rows. Can you see them?


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What are those things? They were first seen in 1998; they don't look like anything we have here on Earth. To this day, no one is sure what they are, but we now know this: They come, then they go. Every Martian spring, they appear out of nowhere, showing up — 70 percent of the time — where they were the year before. They pop up suddenly, sometimes overnight. When winter comes, they vanish.

As the sun gets hotter, they get more spidery. Here's a closer image — like the one above, this gorgeous print was created by the photographer Michael Benson, just published in his new book, Planetfall. It shows two mounds of sand. The spidery thingies, you'll notice, stay on the rises, not on the flat sandy plains.

What could they be? Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, from Hungary, from the European Space Agency have all proposed explanations; the leading one is so weird, it's transformed my idea of what it's like to be on Mars. For 20 years, I've thought the planet to be magnificently desolate, a dead zone, painted rouge. But imagine this: Every spring, the sun beats down on a southern region of Mars, morning light melts the surface, warms up the ground below, and a thin, underground layer of frozen CO2 turns suddenly into a roaring gas, expands, and carrying rock and ice, rushes up through breaks in the rock, exploding into the Martian air. Geysers shoot up in odd places. It feels random, like being surprise attacked by a monstrous, underground fountain. Here's what it might look like:

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Full article and more pics here:
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 Are Those Spidery Black Things On Mars Dangerous? (Maybe) : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR

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 10-05-2012, 07:45 AM         #2
Got Cheeve?  OP
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Interesting. That was exactly my thought of what it could be when first hearing it described, pressurized gas triggered by weather.
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Kadillac87 225 heat pts225
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Sounds like we found Oil on Mars
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SwooshWonder 13 heat pts13
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 Kadillac87 said:
Sounds like we found Oil on Mars
Ha my thoughts exactly. Exxon Interplanetary coming soon
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thaVAmenace 
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Jayceon 492 heat pts492
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please don't let that sh*t be oil
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Special Edd 167 heat pts167
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Omfg hope it isnt oil..............
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Yung Dilla 1479 heat pts1479
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Did they ever say who built that building they found on mars last year or did they just act like everyone forgot about it??
 10-05-2012, 07:48 PM         #9
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 Special Edd said:
Omfg hope it isnt oil..............
why? countries f!ghting for mars and sh*t I hope it is oil though, I wonder what the fu*k we finna do
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 daviddunn said:
yooooo this sh*t still k!lls me. The way homie kncoks over the water =
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If that sh*t is oil, that will signal the end of the earth as we know it.

Nuclear war over who own the oil on Mars.


Whole bunch of rich people dying on space crafts trying to make it to mars.
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 Yung Dilla said:
Did they ever say who built that building they found on mars last year or did they just act like everyone forgot about it??
never knew about it
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Who the fu*k wants to drill on Mars in 20 years?
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Kadillac87 225 heat pts225
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Let's star building that Keystone Pipeline from Earth to Mars
 10-05-2012, 08:55 PM         #16
Got Cheeve?  OP
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It would make sense though that there could be oil on Mars. Think about it, they think there used to be life on Mars in the past. Everything shows water used to flow around the planet. Mars is in the habitable zone (on the outside), Earth is on the inside of it. Thus the difference in temperature. But if there was life on Mars in the past, there has to be fossils, and they're likely much older than those on Earth, as the sun used to be hotter, and Earth used to be all volcanoes and explosions, Mars was likely like Earth then. Once the sun died down, Mars froze over and life was wiped out. So it's possible that oil is on there due to all the life that died and then was recycled into the "earth" so to speak, and then became oil like it did here on Earth. Definitely possible.
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thats just dust on the lens.....clean that sh*t
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Special Edd 167 heat pts167
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 Got Cheeve? said:
It would make sense though that there could be oil on Mars. Think about it, they think there used to be life on Mars in the past. Everything shows water used to flow around the planet. Mars is in the habitable zone (on the outside), Earth is on the inside of it. Thus the difference in temperature. But if there was life on Mars in the past, there has to be fossils, and they're likely much older than those on Earth, as the sun used to be hotter, and Earth used to be all volcanoes and explosions, Mars was likely like Earth then. Once the sun died down, Mars froze over and life was wiped out. So it's possible that oil is on there due to all the life that died and then was recycled into the "earth" so to speak, and then became oil like it did here on Earth. Definitely possible.
i follow what you'r saying but,

what triggered it to spit out? if the sun cooled down and it froze over?

that ship that went there?
 10-05-2012, 09:30 PM         #19
A6249CF  OP
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thats black folk right there, crackers is fu*ked
 10-05-2012, 09:33 PM         #20
Ca$h Out  OP
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sh*t if it's oil...

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